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Use of Smart Moisture Sensors.

Worldwide, about 70 percent of water is used in agriculture. In Pakistan, that percentage stands at 90 percent, with 50 percent wastage due to poor irrigation methods. Nestle Pakistan team has developed smart soil moisture sensor that can read the moisture/water level of the soil and send regular updates to their computer screens from where farmers receive information about where ...

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Vegetables and orchards must be protected from frost.

Due to excessive cold and frost, water in the stems, branches and leaves becomes crystallize. Due to which the increase in the growth of plants is severely affected, therefore, to protect the plants from cold and frost the farmer’s should follow recommendations of agriculture department. Calcium carbonate and copper sulphate should be used to save plants against cold, reducing the ...

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Farmers are advised to start Bitter Gourd cultivation from February.

Agriculture expert has advised farmers to start cultivation of bitter gourd from February and complete it by the end of March to get bumper yield. A spokesman of agriculture extension department told that growers should cultivate approved varieties of bitter gourd as these had better disease resistance in addition to provide maximum produce. Farmers should use 3 or 4 kg ...

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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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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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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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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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