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Agriculture credit disbursement

It is good to see that private sector credit is picking up handsomely with the revival in economic growth and priority sectors of the economy are benefiting a lot from…

Women In Agriculture

Women in agriculture

The Sindh government has taken an important step towards protecting the rights of female agriculture workers, with the approval of the ‘Sindh Women Agricultural Workers draft Bill 2019’. This becomes…

CPEC moves into agriculture

A VERY interesting annexure in the latest State Bank’s annual report provides much-needed detail on the entry of Chinese firms in Pakistan’s agriculture sector. Agriculture appears to be one of…

Looking At Agriculture Reforms

Looking at agriculture reforms

Whether in cotton or wheat, or many other agricultural products, the yield per acre in Pakistan is lower than both China and India. Our lower agricultural productivity means that Pakistani…

Innovations in Agriculture

Urea demand in the country currently stands at 5.833 million tons. But in August 2018 Urea stocks hit the lowest level of 87,000 tons, 12 percent less than the monthly…

Agriculture: disruptive innovations

Last week I chaired a meeting of the United Nations Advisory Board on Science Technology and Innovation formed by the UN Commission for the South and Central Asian region (UNESCAP)…

Steps towards better agriculture

Agriculture is the source of livelihood of 43.5 percent of our rural population. Farmers face the greatest challenge of unification and competitiveness in advanced markets. They are restricted by absence…

Smart Agriculture

Smart agriculture

In Paris later this year, global leaders will meet at the Conference of Parties to thrash out a deal to reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions and to find a solution…

The Politics Of Agriculture

The politics of agriculture

The announcement of sector-wise growth numbers provides confirmation of some of the problems facing agriculture in Pakistan. A negative growth rate of 0.19pc, on the back of a 28pc drop…