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Shrimp farming on modern lines in Balochistan

  Balochistan makes up 70 percent of Pakistan’s total coastal line. Unfortunately, the province has been confined to merely on-shore water fishing due to lack of infrastructure facilities. The catch is spoiled as it is exposed to sun and impurities. In the absence of quality control regime, fresh and good quality fish find no access to national and international markets at large scales. Local fishermen are confronted with numerous problems. …

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Saudi firm SALIC keens to invest in red meat

  While there is an abundant supply of red meat in Pakistan, the Saudi Agricultural & Livestock Investment Company (SALIC) has shown interest for making investment in red meat product of Pakistan. Tremendous potential in livestock sector of Pakistan has remained untapped since many decades despite the fact that we are ranked 19th in the world in meat production and 4th in milk production. Livestock sector provides employment opportunities for …

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Agriculture in Punjab

  Despite having tropical wet and dry climate, extensive irrigation makes Punjab a rich agricultural region. Its canal-irrigation system established by the British is the largest in the world. Wheat and cotton are the largest crops. Other crops include rice, sugarcane, millet, corn, oilseeds, pulses, vegetables, and fruits. Livestock and poultry production are also important. Punjab contributes about 76% to annual food grain production in the country. Cotton and rice …

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Lending to farmers shows some disturbing trend

  State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has released data of lending by financial institutions to farmers for the six months period ending December 31, 2013. On the face value it appears that the financial institutions have achieved 44% of the indicative lending trend. However, a deeper probe suggests that challenges like high non-performing loans, inadequate infrastructure and overall security and macroeconomic conditions are the reasons for the lackluster performance. The …

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Value addition in agriculture

  It is often said that share of agriculture in Pakistan’s GDP has reduced to less than one-fourth, which is partly right and partly wrong. The key reason is that the country has failed in achieving higher value additions in the sector. With the reduction in average income of rural population there has been huge migration to urban areas, which has its own repercussions. Therefore, there is a need to …

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Contribution of the agricultural sector towards the economic growth of Pakistan

  For Pakistan, the agricultural sector has always held great significance. The country has always had a great deal of potential in terms of the agricultural sector and at the time of independence as well, it was considered to be a country whose economy centered on this particular sector. As industrialization occurred in Pakistan and the birth of industries began, the economy of the country began to diversify. Despite this …

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McDonald’s has unique system of offering best fast food

  Serving approximately 68 million customers globally, McDonald’s is the world’s largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants with over 30,000 outlets worldwide. McDonald’s has some phenomenal systems in place, developed and proven by the input of billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of man-hours worth of research. In 1980s, various firms enlarged into global operations by franchise mode of business. Though these firms wanted to stick to their …

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Enhancing wheat production in Balochistan

  A long-term strategy needs to be devised to make Balochistan self-reliant in wheat. The province is known as the fruit basket of Pakistan because of its production of high-quality fruits in bulk. The province can also become the country’s food basket if its wheat yield potential is fully and efficiently tapped. It has wheat varieties yield potential of 6.5MT/hectares, but it is getting only 2.4MT/hectares. The province gets 95 …

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How Pakistan can be a hub of trade of Halal food products?

  Halal food is often used in reference to foods and drinks, which are permissible for Muslims to eat or drink under Islamic law or in other words Halal is any object or an action which is permissible in Islam. The criteria specifies both what foods are allowed, and how the food must be prepared under the law of Islam. These foods include types of meat and animal tissue. The …

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Fast-expanding Halal food market

  One amazing aspect of capitalism is that markets operating under this system harbor no biases; they are commercial to the core. With too many loose ends of capitalism showing off in the last three decades, the world at large hardly desisted from embracing Islamic finance. Same is the case with Halal food industry, which has grown worldwide at an amazing pace. According to the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and …

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