Pak Agri Outlook

Role of seed in crop production

Seed plays a key role in increasing food and fibre production to meet the increasing demands of the people, and is a focus around which strategies to boost crop yields can be built. Silvey (1981) estimated that wheat yields in England and Wales increased by 105% within 30 years, of …

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Forest Based Poverty Alleviation

Forest based poverty alleviation(FBPA) is an encompassing term where forest resources are used to avoid or eliminate poverty.FBPA is not a stand alone process. forests and trees play an important role in alleviation of poverty with so many aspects following are the aspects discussed to encounter poverty. 1-FIRE WOOD As …

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Fig-Walnut Conserve (Canning)

Try this conserve warm on bread to release its great aroma. 1. Cover figs with boiling water; let stand 10 minutes. Drain, stem, and chop. 2. In a large sauce pot, combine figs, sugar, spices, and apple juice. Bring slowly to a boil; stir until sugar dissolves. Cook rapidly until …

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A Video on Comfrey

Comfrey is a “must have” plant in the Forest Garden. A couple of months ago, I wrote an article about Comfrey (Symphytum species). Literally the next day, this video was published by Paul Wheaton over at Permies.com. It is a great compilation of interviews of people speaking about this plant. …

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How Grass Works

So,­ let’s say you want a perfect lawn — a lawn that looks like a golf course, a nice green carpet surrounding your house. Is this possible? It’s not only possible, it’s really not that complicated, at least in most parts of the world. None of the advice that follows will …

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Organic Farming Criticism

There are mixed feelings from conventional farmers and the agricultural industry about organic farming. Many in the industry are not convinced organic foods are more nutritious or that organic methods trump scientific advances, citing for example that farming with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) to help lessen world hunger outweighs any potential …

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Organic Standards and Certifications

Ask a few conventional farmers why they haven’t transitioned to organic farming and each will give you a different answer. The answers usually have to do with one larger reason, though: agricultural economics. Some studies show organic farms produce smaller yields than conventional farms; organic farms yield only 75 to …

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