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Analysis: Cotton trade remains almost range-bound

KARACHI: The cotton market could make no major gains, despite developments offered opportunity came in the wake of rains since inception of the trading and reduction in world ending stocks. The rates in ready budged slightly but spot rate stayed put for most of the days during the week ended …

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Why cotton is a problematic crop?

COTTON, which is also known as ‘white gold’, is an important crop in many developing countries. The yield of the crop is dependent upon the environment in which it is grown and the management practices of the cropping system. Cotton yields are stagnant for the last several years. Factors responsible …

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Unreliable wheat output figure upsets Minfal

The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (Minfal) is facing embarrassment due to unreliable wheat output statistics as some of the policy makers are contesting the production figures of 23.5 million tonnes. Business Recorder on Thursday interviewed some government officials and private sector individuals who were unanimous that the actual …

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Groundnut Varieties

Groundnut is the most important cash crop of the Pothwar region. Area under groundnut crop during 2003-04 was with annual production of 114, 000 tonnes and average per hectare dry pods yield is 1121 kg. Its cultivation is mostly concentrated in Rawalpindi Division. Groundnut is very important source of oil …

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Indigenous Sunflower Hybrids

Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) is an important annual crop grown for edible oil. In Pakistan although it was introduced some 40 years ago, but in acreage and production remained fluctuating due to various production and socio-economic constraints.  During 2001-02, the area under sunflower was 50, 000 ha. Since then the …

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Pricing of sugarcane and sugar

THE Agricultural Prices Commission (APCom) set up in 1981, was required to advice the government on the support price of about half a dozen important crops like wheat, rice, cotton, sugarcane and oilseeds. In doing so, the APCom had to consider about 15 different criteria. These included the cost of …

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Sluggish pace of wheat sowing

ACCORDING to the official figures compiled on November 7, the pace of wheat sowing this season in Punjab is slower than last year in rain-fed areas. By that date, the province had sown only 1.2 million acres – out of which some 400,000 acres came from barani (rain-fed) areas. Last …

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Lower targets for cash crops

ARGETS for two cash crops – cotton and rice – have been fixed at lessthan what the country achieved last year, leave alone bumper andrecord yields of the past.This year, cotton target has come down to 13.3 million bales againstlast season’s production of 14.1 million bales. Similarly, rice targethas been …

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