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Govt to develop best quality cotton seed for higher yield: Ghazanfar

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ISLAMABAD: Additional Secretary Agriculture Dr Ghazanfar Ali Khan has said the government was striving hard to develop best quality cotton seed varieties for getting higher yield.
During inspection of different varieties cultivated at Cotton Research Institute in Multan, he urged upon cotton scientist to develop varieties which could have potential to bear extremity of weather and immense resistance.
He maintained the cotton should meet demand of local textile industry. He also hailed the liaison between Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture and Research Institute would surely come up with good results.

A piece published earlier: Federal Cotton Committee (FCC) will be meeting tomorrow (Monday, March, 6) to analyze arrangements of cotton crop cultivation during the upcoming session of 2017-18 across the cotton growing areas of the country. Cotton Commissioner Dr. Khalid Abdullah has informed that the said meeting will be attended by officials of federal ministries including national food security and research, textile industry and planning and development. Representatives of other stakeholders including Federal Seed Certification Department, Meteorological office, Indus River System Authority and Zaraei Taraqiati Bank Limited will also be available. While the report about the water supply situation during the season will be presented by Indus River System Authority, the meteorological office will apprise the meeting of the weather forecast. Dr. Khalid said that the precautionary measures of the crop will get the maximum output. Cotton Commissioner also said that in order to avoid pest attacks on major cash crop of the country, ban was enforced on early crop cultivation before April 15, 2017. In order to overcome any pest attack, Ministry of Textile Industry in cooperation with other stakeholders has launched a comprehensive training program for cotton growers. Under the training program, more than 500 master trainers were coached and assigned to further educate officials of field’s extension departments of the provinces to disperse training to the farmers in Punjab. (Published on 5t March 2017) 

 

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Rearing chickens at Govt. farms

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MULTAN: About 30,000 desi poultry birds are being reared at a local government poultry farm and the poultry units, each comprising five hens and a cock, will be given to masses on subsided prices, in February 2019.
The livestock department has started seeking applications from citizens, said Poultry Development Officer Dr. Salma Naaz while talking to APP here.
She said the provision of poultry units would enable masses to have additional income. She remarked that citizens interest and queries related to Desi poultry birds, was on increase for a few days as she received a number of phone calls from citizens.
She informed that 11 government poultry farms were operating across the province. Among them, two poultry farms serve as breeding farms and issue poultry birds to citizens as well as other government poultry farms.
After every three months, a new flock of desi poultry bird is being prepared for the promotion of the poultry at the government farms. Every poultry bird of government farm is properly vaccinated and there is no chance of catching up any disease, she added.
She said that citizens would have to pay Rs 1200 for each poultry unit, comprising five hens and a cock. She maintained that market price of such poultry birds was over Rs 2400.
She stated that poor farmers should focus on desi poultry for gaining good economic returns. A desi hen used to lay at least 220 eggs in a year and price of each egg is almost double as compared to market eggs. However, eggs are sold with respect to grading 35 gram, 60 gram, and 70-gram eggs.
It is very easy for farmers to rear desi poultry birds, she said, adding that bits of bread, remains of cuisines, spinach, wheat, rice, maize etc should be given to birds. The commodities are easily available in every home. Children and women farmers can also nurture desi poultry without any labor, she said.
Dr. Salma Naaz further said that farmers could sell desi chicks, after breeding the eggs. The breeding process is also very easy as they could put eggs in an incubator or under a hen for a period of 21 days. The price of each chick is about Rs 50.
She remarked that desi poultry should be kept under lights for at least 16 hours/day in order to obtain maximum eggs. The eggs laying hormones stimulates in daylight or artificial lights. So, farmers should install electricity bulbs at poultry accommodation.
Dr. Salma suggested that students should adopt poultry keeping as a hobby. It would help them managing not only pocket money but also expenses on education, she said.
Minor level focus on poultry is sufficient for poultry rearing and it would not hurt their educational activities, she claimed.
She informed that she knew many citizens who started the business of desi poultry and earned huge amount in south Punjab.

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Govt working to bring reforms in FBR: Dawood

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RAWALPINDI: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce, Textile, and Industries Abdul Razzak Dawood has said that the government had finalized the five-year national tariff policy to bring down tariffs on raw material and machinery imports for export-based industries.
“We are working to rationalize certain taxes, regulatory and custom duties. There are roughly 34 different taxes and we are planning to shrink them to 12 or eight in the next couple of years. This will help us to meet the challenge of one core impediment in ease of doing business and I know business community suffered a lot on multiple fronts with respect to tax slabs and tariff lines.”
Addressing the “Emerging Pakistan“ ceremony organized by the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) at Jinnah Convention Center Islamabad, Razzak Dawood said the government in its first 100 days had kicked off reforms in the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and done a major shift in its working. “We have decided to take policy matters from the FBR,” and now the Finance Ministry would formalize the policy in consultation with key stakeholders, including the business community and chamber of commerce, he emphasized.
He appreciated RCCI efforts in promoting business activities in the region through exhibitions and assured his cooperation in fulfilling their demands of converting the old airport building into a modern expo center and provision of grid station to RCCI’s Rawat Industrial Estate. He expressed the hope that in next 30 days the people would see a genuine change on the economy side as “we have done major shuffling in policy matters pertaining to taxation, exports, refunds, regulatory and custom duties and incentives to the business community with respect to ease of doing business.” World-renowned companies including Exxon Mobil, Pepsi, and Suzuki had pledged more investment in Pakistan, he added.

 

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President PFUJ GM Jamali terms sacking of 2500 journalists shocking!

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KARACHI: President PFUJ GM Jamali, while condemning the closure of numerous publications in Pakistan, said that sacking of 2500 journalists has economically shattered them.

GM Jamali told while  Jung Group has completely shut the Peshawar and Faisalabad editions, eveningers Awam (Urdu), Daily News (English) and weekly Mag; Dawn (Herald group of publications) has shunned the publication of its monthly Herald;  Lahore’s daily Inqilab also seized to exist from today.

President PFUJ GM Jamali expressing his profound distress over en masse dismissal of journalists and Media workers urged Prime Minister Imran Khan, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and Sind Government to take notice of this move by Media House owners. GM Jamali maintained that shutting publications was not only an attempt to suppress the freedom of expression but also to lead journalists/Media workers towards committing suicide.

He urged the concerned authorities to terminate the declarations of all such newspapers that have been closed down (including Daily News and Awam) to discourage dummy publication and/or later launch with a different approach. Crisis thus caused will be discussed in a joint meeting of PFUJ, KUJ & APNEC at KPC on Monday.

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