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Artificial Feed for Trout Culture

The trout is a cold-water fish found and reared in the NWFP and Northern Areas (Gilgit, Skardu and Chitral) of Pakistan, where two species, Brown trout (Salmo trutta) and Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), though exotic in origin, have established themselves in rivers. Brown trout was introduced from Europe for the …

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Improved Cheese Preparation Technology

Paneer is an indigenous version of cheese.  There are over 500 established varieties of cheese world over. As a delicacy, it is also gaining popularity in Pakistan where white cheese and cottage cheese are popular varieties. The indigenous methods of cheese preparation lack consistency and the product has limited shelf-life. …

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Freedom from Rinderpest for Pakistan

  Rinderpest (locally known as Mata) is an acute, highly contagious and fatal viral disease of bovines. For centuries, it remained the most dreaded bovine plague and was the cause of death of countless cattle and buffaloes. The disease is characterized by fever, inappetance, oculo-nasal discharges, excessive salivation, mouth lesions, …

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Improving supply chain for farm products

ULTIMATELY, there is some good news for farmers as Punjab wakes up to its agriculture export potential and to sensitivities of international buyers. It has started efforts to help farmers get international certification for quality production, ensuring traceability of every export item right back to the farmers, and even to …

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Hard times for cane growers

October 10, 2011: A SIGNIFICANT drop in sugarcane sowing is feared this season as vast cane-producing areas remain inundated in rainwater. Much of the cane cultivation takes place between August and October. While directive has been issued by President Asif Ali Zardari to the relevant authorities to drain out rainwater …

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Setting price for new tobacco crop

  THE Pakistan Tobacco Board has initiated consultations with farmers to determine the cost of tobacco production and its procurement prices for the upcoming year. Committees, comprising representatives from main tobacco companies, PTB, Agriculture Policy Institute, Crop Commissioner and growers, have been formed to assess and determine the cost of …

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Cotton prices rise by Rs100

KARACHI, OCTOBER 11, 2011: Trading on the cotton market on Monday resumed on a firm note as prices were quoted further higher by Rs100 per maund in the ready section. Analysts said a big cut of two per cent in the key discount rate to 12 per cent has given …

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Sowing of Rabi crop delayed

THE ‘early Rabi crop’ season has started while the rainwater in inundated fields in Dadu district has not been drained out, keeping the growers worried about when and how to cultivate wheat, vegetables and other seasonable crops.

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Indigenization of Sprinkler Irrigation System

The irrigation water demand is increasing day by day with increase in population. Scarcity of water, its non-availability at right time and its inefficient utilization are amongst the main factors causing low crop-yields. To overcome inefficient water use and to cope with increasing water demands for irrigation, sprinkler irrigation technology …

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