Pakistan-China to Raise Cooperation in Agriculture Sector

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China agreed to further enhance cooperation in the agriculture sector under the CPEC initiative, especially agriculture research, inputs production and machinery, and adoption of new technology. China’s ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong and Federal Minister of National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam held a meeting here Wednesday and agreed on singing two MoUs for enhancing the export of onion to China and to introduce revolutionary…

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Functional Genomics can Assist Molecular Breeding of Maize

Tissue-culture-based genetic transformation, a commonly used maize breeding technique, however, is limited by two major roadblocks: First, the relative unavailability of genome sequences of inbred lines that show stark phenotypic variations and second, difficulty in inducing callus from immature maize embryos on tissue culture media—the initial step of genetic transformation. Dr. Yaou Shen of Sichuan Agricultural University, lead author of the study and one of the corresponding authors, explains: “A188…

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Cotton Growers, Agriculture department on Toes as Pink Bollworm Pest Spreads Tentacles in South Punjab

According to the state agriculture department, all 14 blocks of Bathinda and Mansa, the two biggest cotton-producing districts of Punjab, have reported the pest attack. Cotton growers in south Punjab are a worried lot these days as pink bollworm infestation has been reported in more areas ahead of the main harvesting period of the Kharif crop starting next week. The maiden picking of the three-picking cycle of cotton is expected…

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Protection of Growers’ Interests: National Assembly Agriculture Panel takes PTB to Task

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Special Committee on Agriculture Wednesday grilled the Pakistan Tobacco Board (PTB), a subsidiary of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, for failing to play its due role to safeguard the interests of growers. The representatives of tobacco growers informed the committee that this year 64 million tons of tobacco had to be purchased from growers but the government announced the purchase of only 55…

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Secretary Agriculture Visits Muzaffargarh, Meets Farmers

South Punjab Agriculture Secretary Saqib Ali Ateel inspected cotton display plots in Muzaffargarh, Jatoi, Alipur during a brief visit paid on Tuesday. He reviewed dried plants of date palms in which temperature was kept at 70 degrees centigrade with the help of a glasshouse. The date palm was dried in the plant for three days. Later, it was packed into a transparent plastic sheet and put into the tunnel for…

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Chinese Modern Technology Enthusiastic for Rice Production in Pakistan

Michael Guo, sales manager of Hefei Meyer optoelectronic technology international said that they started to sell the color sorter to the Pakistan market in 2008; it’s very hard to promote the Chinese Brand at the very beginning, as many people prefer to buy European and Japanese Brand. He said that in the first five years they only sold not more than 50 machines, but after 2013 rice mills owners have experienced the Chinese Brand, saying it’s…

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The Role ‘Green’ Laboratories can play in Opposition to the Climate Change

Several organizations such as My Green Lab, Irish Green Labs (currently under development), Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), Ciruléire, and others are assisting scientists across Ireland to make a positive change to their work and create a culture of sustainability in the laboratory. However, more effort is required before 2030 and this program offers a clear measurable solution to implement sustainable energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly green laboratory practices in the…

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Chinese High-Yield Intercropping Technology Completes Sowing, Accelerating Pakistan’s Agriculture

In recent news, the autumn sowing of maize and soybeans was completed by the respective intercropping technology. This was highly praised by Prime Minister Imran Khan at the Kissan Convention which was held on August 11th. According to the Chinese Economic Net (CEN), this intercropping technology the total demonstration area has skyrocketed to over 150 acres which is an increase of 50%. This season consists of 13 demonstrative plots which…

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Food Self-Sufficiency Governments Top Priority

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that it was his government s top priority to make Pakistan self-sufficient in food production, Dunya News reported. He stated this during a meeting with the Minister for Food Security Fakhar Imam who briefed him about the expected increase in the production of crops of rice, sugarcane, corn, and cotton. The prime minister said the government was ensuring the implementation of an agriculture…

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Genetic Engineering will Lead the way to Food Security, India must Invest in Research & Development

According to biotechnologist Dr., Deepak Pental said that the Breakthroughs in genetic engineering and editing are critical to India achieving a sustainable agricultural system of low-cost input and high yield, in New Delhi. Noting that the growing population will lead to a considerable food grain requirement, Pental, a genetics professor and former vice-chancellor of Delhi University, said there was an urgent need to push for research and development in Indian…

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