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Seed Industry

DRYING OF THE SEED

        Seed must be dried before it is stored or sown; if not, the seed can spoil and rot. In general, Prosopis seed should be dried to a moisture content of 10 to 12 percent, or even less, prior to storage. Under these conditions, respiration continues at the low …

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Types of Seeds

Local Varieties Local varieties are nothing but traditional varieties but which are susceptible to diseases and pests and are having long duration for maturity. In case of rice – Krishnakatukalu, Basangulu. High Yielding Varieties High yielding varieties are dwarf varieties and having short duration with resistant to pests and diseases …

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Failure to increase oilseed output

Although, Pakistan 80 per cent cultivatable area is irrigated but the edible oil needs are met through imports. The import bill rising from Rs77 million in 1969-70 to Rs39 billion in 2002-03 has overburdened the exchequer. In 1970-71, oilseeds occupied nearly 3 per cent of the total cultivated area which …

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Seeds as intellectual property: issues and controversy

The information age is set to revolutionise “the core human idea of property” (Pollack 1999). It all began with software. As software license agreements boldly proclaim, software products are merely licensed, not sold. Software licensing ideas are becoming increasingly popular with other objects as well. Even seeds are now sold …

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Seed corporation’s sale on donors’ agenda

After the provincial food departments, the Punjab Seed Corporation is the next target of the world donor agencies insisting on the introduction of open market forces in the agriculture sector of the country, it is learnt. Various multinational companies operating in the seed business are exerting their pressure on the …

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Enhancing edible oil production

The population of Pakistan has increased from 32.5 million in 1947 to 149.5 million currently. The consumption of edible oil has also been increased proportionally from 0.3 million tons to 1.95 million tons during the last two decades. The population is increasing at a rapid rate but the production is …

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Debate on imported Bt cotton seed

  MULTAN: The farming community of southern Punjab gave a mixed reaction to a Punjab government’s decision to drop a proposal of introducing certified imported seed of Bt cotton in collaboration with Monsanto. Former Speaker and a progressive farmer Syed Fakhar Imam said that the Punjab government should bring this …

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Ageing wheat seeds

Every year, the federal government fixes a target for wheat production, identifies acreage for cultivation and then sets about creating favourable conditions for attaining the target. Whether they succeed or fail is often beyond the managers and they are not always to be bamed if the crop is short, particularly …

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Cottonseed crisis feared during Kharif

SEED is the most important of all agricultural inputs affecting the efficiency of other factors in farming. Accordingly, the importance of genetically pure and certified seed cannot be underestimated. Keeping this fact in view the provincial government established the Sindh Seed Corporation (SSC) in July 1976. Due to inefficiency and …

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