01 August, 2014 / Shawwal 4, 1435

Ashfak Bokhari

Potato traders’ tenacity

According to Indian media, so far the potato exporters from the state of Punjab were selling their produce to Pakistani

A subsidy stuck in limbo

No one in the finance ministry has so far spelled out how the Rs14bn subsidy on DAP provided in the budget 2014-15....

Camel trade in danger

Pakistan may be able to fill the gap if Saudi Arab bans camel imports from Somalia. There is a great demand for the

Agriculture sector not a priority

ON June 14, a ruling party senator took his party to task in the Senate for ignoring the agriculture sector in the...

Review: In Place of Memoirs

NOT all ambassadors are equal. Some are more equal and enjoy more importance. But there are a few who have direct...

Rice exporters’ dilemma

RICE exporters feel the government has let them down badly by ignoring their key concerns in the new budget despite ...

Sugar: a crisis of surpluses

Faced with excess stock, sugar millers are demanding that the government not only allow them to export an unrestricted

Seeking special care for farm sector

THE Senate Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research has demanded a special incentive package for...

Legal umbrella for halal products

AFTER a long span of indifference and lethargy, the policymakers have come to realise the importance of a regulated...

Dealing with hot potatoes

The real issue in the potato price hike was lack of action against greedy elements who had been buying stocks cheap

Support price losing rationale

Pakistan Institute of Development Economics in its quarterly ‘Economy Watch’ report says wheat support price has lost

A tale of two rainy spells

In many areas in Sargodha, Gujranwala and Lahore divisions and in southern Punjab, unabated downpour coupled

Subsidy scam

Whenever sugar production surpasses a particular limit, sugar mills should be able to export surplus stock without

Legal hurdles in GI for basmati

It is time that the GI-awarding mechanism is rectified and updated to earn approval of the EU for basmati

Timely rains

It is for the first time since mid-1990s that there will be no water shortage during Kharif season, while the share

Upswing in yarn imports

Spinners favour customs duty on the Indian cotton yarn, which is preferred by value-added sectors for its lower price.

Problematic surplus sugar

The decision about how much more sugar be exported will be taken in Sept-Oct when final production figures are available

Stagnant cotton production

January data shows slight increase in export volumes, although press reports suggest notable rise in EU purchase orders.