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Pakistan to use satellite for crop mapping

Pakistan has become the first country in the world to use multi-spectral imagery for crop-mapping with a 10-metre resolution and remote sensing through a UK satellite called Sentinel-2 A. The purpose is to determine the kind of crops, their health and the moisture in the soil to predict the quantum of production. Dr Umar Saif, Vice Chancellor of (ITU) and ...

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Prevention of honey comb from wax moth.

Apiculturists should clean the hives thoroughly to prevent it from wax moths. The entrance of the hives should be tightened and the other holes should be closed. According to the specialists,  these wax  moths make silky tunnels  in the honey combs and during extreme attack, destroy the combs completely as a result of which the bees leaves the hive and ...

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Importance of green fodder in Livestock nutrition.

Green fodder is an economic source of nutrients for livestock. It is highly palatable and digestible. Micro-organisms present in green fodder help in improving digestibility. It also helps in maintaining good health. Importance of green fodder for animal is as important as the need of good food for human life. Mottgrass is highly nutritious fodder and it gives various cuttings. ...

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Ducks as effective pest control.

Pakistan is amongst top ten most populous countries of the world and more than 65% of the population lives in rural areas. Besides financial constraints the people are facing serious issues of disease outbreak because there are big reservoirs of waste water that are places of many pathogens. Ducks rearing was a traditional source of protein in rural Punjab but ...

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Vertical Farming: Feeding the Future

Despite being country with an abundance of agricultural land and the perfect weather for crop harvestation and being one of the largest exporters of crops such as wheat, cotton and rice, there are many advantages of utilizing vertical farming methods in Pakistan. It can be a very water efficient method by making use of hydroponics o which makes it 40% ...

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Possibility of increase in prices of edible oil and ghee.

Due to increase in rates of Malaysian palm oil, there is chance of increasing prices of oil and ghee in the country. On January 1, 2019, trading benchmark of palm oil (March delivery) has increased 23.82 dollar per tones by 2.1 per cent, which is the highest in the last 20 days, earlier it was increased by 2.4 percent on ...

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Save the Calf / Calf Fattening Scheme

Punjab’s livestock resources hold considerable potential for increasing the production of meat. It has been estimated that about 6-7 million buffalo/cattle male calves are available for fattening in the Punjab province. But majority of these calves are sent to slaughter at 1-3 weeks of age. Some calves are raised to 60-80 kg on extremely poor and unbalanced diets. If these ...

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Weather tracking by drones.

Agriculture satellites are used around the world to help assess crop health, yield, and facilitate environmental analysis to ensure farmers have all the details they need to best manage their farms. The different colors in the image tell a different story about what is happening with a farmer’s crops. Already, agriculture-ready drones are popping up for purchase, for the farmer who wants ...

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Appropriate size of potato for cultivation is 35-55mm.

Agriculture experts have instructed farmer to grade potatoes and separates the egg-sized potatoes up to 35 to 55 mm in bulk to use as seed. Farmers should cleaned potatoes before filling, and they should use jute bags for filling. Injured potatoes should always be placed separated from other potatoes. Better and easy way is that the potatoes should be placed ...

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Ostrich Farming

Ostrich is a large flightless hardy bird of African origin. It belongs to running bird family. The ostrich has been farmed for around 150 years in South Africa, first for its feathers and recently for the hide and now for meat also. Ostrich farming is now an international industry, with South Africa still by far the major player. Today, ostrich ...

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