Pakistan’s agricultural woes: The status of our agriculture system is like a ‘dead man walking’

Successive governments though have not addressed systemic problems faced by the sector, and as such food security of future generations is at stake. Due to declining agricultural incomes, Pakistan has the highest rate of urbanization in South Asia. The major issue is how to encourage retention of youth in rural areas since rural Pakistanis are…

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Pakistan joins world community to reduce food loss and waste

Themed “Reducing food loss and waste and promoting global food security” and co-hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China, the National Development and Reform Commission of China, the National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration of China, and Shandong Provincial Government, the conference aimed to build an international platform and unite the…

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Steps Taken to make Country Self-Sufficient in Food Commodities: Imam

Addressing the oath-taking ceremony of Pakistan Agriculture Research Scientists Association (PARSA) at National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), Imam said the present government has the outset focused on agriculture as 70 percent of the country’s population is dependent on agriculture as well as 45 percent of the employment is related to agriculture. Other important measures to…

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Researchers Design Sensors to Rapidly Detect Plant Hormones

Researchers from the Disruptive and Sustainable Technologies for Agricultural Precision (DiSTAP) interdisciplinary research group of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore, and their local collaborators from Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), have developed the first-ever nanosensor to enable rapid testing of synthetic auxin…

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Covid Virus Rapidly Evolves to Higher Infectivity during in Vitro Growth, Which May be Step toward Lower Virulence

They asked a simple question: Which mutations predominate when the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is grown in successive generations — called passages by virologists — in tissue culture? The UAB researchers found that SARS-CoV-2 isolates rapidly adapted as they grew in repeated passages in Vero E6 cells, a strain of kidney cells that is…

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Kenya opens the door to GMO cultivation

Eliud Krieger highlighted the importance of developing insect-resistant corn by noting that Kenya “is losing about 40% of the 42 million bags of maize to stem-borer and other pests and we have to import to make up for the losses.” In addition to conducting research and commercializing GMO crops, Kenyan scientists are engaged in projects…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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