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Potential of agriculture sector

  Agriculture is the backbone of Pakistan’s economy. Pakistan is one of the largest producers of fruits and vegetables in the world besides being the largest overseas exporter of cotton and other agri products. It accounts for around 21.4 percent of GDP and about 45 percent of Pakistan’s population depends directly on agriculture. It is claimed that Pakistan is always governed by big landlords yet agriculture sector remained worst hit …

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Achieving food security

  The successive governments in Pakistan have been focusing on industrial sector and ignoring agriculture. The focus remained on import substitution rather than exploiting comparative advantage. This is evident from the fact that crop yields in Pakistan are lowest, even below those achieved in India. Both the countries enjoy similar land and climatic conditions but India has been focusing more on improving yield and has been successful to a large …

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Contribution of agriculture in GDP

  Agriculture is a predominant activity in most developing countries. As economic growth and development take place, importance of agriculture tends to decline according to the sources. The declining share of agriculture is, however, a slow phenomenon and is felt only over a relatively long time horizon. In Pakistan, the agriculture sector continues to be an essential component in the economy. It currently contributes 21 per cent to GDP. Agriculture …

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Livestock a mainstay of Balochistan’s economy running at a loss

  Being a pastoral economy Balochistan is yet to exploit its tremendous potential in livestock sector. Animals are traditionally kept for meeting household milk and meat needs. Livestock development is linked with poverty alleviation in the province, as its 70 percent population is directly or indirectly involved in livestock rearing activities. The province is rich in livestock resources contributing about 40 percent of Pakistan’s total livestock population. The main consumers …

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Adopting Chinese eco-farming best to increase agri yields, meeting food security

  China has developed itself as a major farm producer even though it accounts for 10 percent of cultivable land world-wide it accommodates 20 percent of world food demand while comparing per hectare yields of Pakistan and China, Pakistan’s per hectare rice yield is 3.1 tons whereas China is the largest producer of rice with per hectare yield of 6.5 tons, similarly Pakistan produces pulses per year with per hectare …

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Livestock & crop insurance — An effective tool to avert flood losses

  The flood and the deluge has caused heavy losses in the form of human life, crop, livestock, property and infrastructure, which are preliminary estimated at US$200 million, however, exact number of losses would be quantifiable when the process of restoration will start specially in Punjab. However, the flood ravages this year are much less compared to the flood devastations, which had cost over US$10.1 billion in 2010. It is …

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Agriculture, livestock contributing GDP growth

  In Pakistan, the key objective of agriculture sector is to ensure proper production and availability of food for the citizens and also offers livelihoods to people directly involved in the sector along with the value adding chain. The achievement of sustainable progress in agriculture sector (contributes over 22 percent to GDP) completes macroeconomic objectives by its forward and backward linkages with the other sectors. Pakistan agriculture and food security …

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Balochistan can become center of branded fruit products

  Known as the country’s fruit basket with having ideal environment of producing huge quality products of fruit with different varieties, we can add value of Balochistan’s fruit exports by taking brand name in jelly, juices and other fruit-related products worldwide if the proper guidance and policies be implement for economic development of the province which would give further boost to the country’s exchequer. By promoting brand culture, we can …

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Molasses production, exports on the rise

  Molasses is an offshoot of the sugar refining industry. Its universal availability mostly depends on the production of sugar out of sugarcane and sugar beets. Sugarcane is vastly grown in tropical or sub-tropical regions like Asia, Central and South America, Africa and Australia. Sugar beets are cultivated mainly in the northern hemisphere and come from more temperate crops in Europe, North America, partly Northern Africa as well as Northern …

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Financial inclusion program and farmers

  Agriculture contributes nearly one-fourth to Pakistan’s GDP, two of its large-scale industries (textile and sugar) are agro based and nearly 60 percent of total exports comprise of textiles and clothing. This is despite the fact that production and productivity of the sector is very low as compared to the international standards. If right impetus are provided production of major crops can be doubled, which can boost GDP size, create …

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