Organic cotton production rises 56% and reaches eight-year high

Increase in organic cotton production has reached eight-year-high in the past eight years. According to the 2019 Organic Cotton Market Report, by the non-profit organization Textile Exchange. In total, 180,971 metric tons were produced in the last campaign, the largest volume since the beginning of the economic crisis. In fact, although cotton is grown organically…

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UAF Introduces Low Cost, Environmental Friendly Fertilizer

University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) scientists have introduced environment friendly and low cost vemi composite organic fertilizer that will not only grow soil prolificacy but also help minimize the dependency over high cost imported chemical fertilizer, said UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Ashraf. He was addressing International Seminar/ workshop “vermi- fertilizer: A potential source of…

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New hybrid maize seeds approved

The Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) has approved 12 new hybrid maize varieties for cultivation across the country. The approval was given at the 7th meeting of the Variety Evaluation Committee (VEC) on maize, sorghum, millet and fodder crops, with PARC Chairman Dr Muhammad Azeem Khan in the chair. Yield potential of the approved varieties…

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Direct rice seeding technology introduced

The University of Agriculture Faisalabad has inaugurate the Direct Rice Seeding Technology (DRST) with 36 per cent water saving and Rs 20,000 per acre expenditures. Due to this technology, farmers can obtain 30 per cent extra yield. This was told by the speakers on the Farmers Day at Chak Bandi Rajoa Sadaat. Dr Ashraf said…

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Kenya Closer to Giving Long-Awaited GMO Cotton a Green Light

Kenya is closing in on commercialising Bt cotton, a high-yielding, genetically modified cotton varieties resistant to the notorious ball worm pests. The crop has undergone two successful seasons of national trials to determine which varieties are suitable for which ecological zones. The outcome has been impressive, biotech researchers say. Dr Charles Waturu, the principal researcher…

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China, Pakistan join hands to develop cotton industry

The third Sino-Pak International Conference on revolution in Cotton Breeding & Biotechnology concluded in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, with a number of recommendations giving boost to cotton industry under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).The conference attracted over 100 experts and scholars on cotton field. They made communication and discussions on related aspects, such as,…

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PARC Recommends 07 New Rice Verities For Commercial Cultivation In Pakistan

The Variety Evaluation Committee of Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) approved 07 new rice verities for commercial cultivation across the crop sowing areas of the country. The Committee which met with Chairman PARC in the Chair debate the characteristics of different verities of rice seeds for commercial cultivation and their impact on per-acre yield. The…

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Global Status of Commercialized GM/Biotech Crops: 2018 in Pakistan and other countries

According to Global Status of Commercialized GM/Biotech Crops: 2018 between the Biotech countries in the Asia and Pacific region Pakistan has followed (2.8 million hectares cotton). While public acceptance of clean and hazard free production of biotech eggplant motivated more farmers in Pakistan. On the 23rd year of commercialization of biotech/GM crops in 2018, 26…

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Variety Evaluation Committee (VEC) on Potato recommended 11 new varieties for commercial cultivation in Pakistan

The Variety Evaluation Committee of Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) has recommends 11 new potato varieties for commercial cultivation in Pakistan.The committee met at Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) with Chairman PARC Muhammad Ayub Chaudhry in the chair and accorded the approval of the verities for commercial cultivation.Twenty four potato varieties were presented before the committee for approval, out of which 11…

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