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Water shortage brings agricultural damage to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD:┬áIncreasing relentless water shortage nowadays in Pakistan is effecting major crops and the targets related to the agricultural land, menacing the source of revenue of farming communities and reflecting on problem of food security. According to sources, the government has set a target for sugarcane at 68.157million tonnes, rice at 6.931million tonnes, maize at 5.3million tonnes, and cotton production at 14.37 million bales which is difficult to achieve as crops are threatened by the shortage of water. Malik…

UN dishes up prickly pear cactus in answer to food security

ROME: The prickly pear cactus, considered an essential food in Mexico, could be the answer to much of the world's food security woes, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Thursday. "While most cacti are inedible, the Opuntia species has much to offer, especially if treated like a crop rather than a weed run wild," the FAO said in a statement. The UN organisation -- which convened a group of experts to study the plant's potential and help farmers and policy makers use it in a more strategic and…

PM wants immediate measures to streamline agriculture sector

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has directed to devise a comprehensive plan to ensure food security and address issues faced by the agriculture sector. Talking to the delegation comprising representatives of the agriculture sector in Islamabad on Wednesday, he appreciated the role of agriculture area towards employment, economic growth and ensuring food security in the country. He said that government and private sector needed to join hands for a formulation of a robust policy for overcoming the existing…