Ashfak Bokhari

Restoring balance in wheat market

PAKISTAN is re-entering the wheat export market after being an importer for a long period with a view to clearing ... Published Jan 26, 2015 06:59am

FTAs losing their lure

Pakistan's exports did not increase as much as expected, while imports kept rising. Updated Jan 19, 2015 08:08am

Seeking a niche in the halal market

Higher per capita incomes, coupled with growing population of Muslims, have increased the demand for halal products in Published Jan 12, 2015 06:03am

A shift towards soybeans?

Pakistan’s soymeal requirements are on the rise owing to expansion in the poultry, dairy and livestock, and aquaculture Published Jan 06, 2015 07:03am

A wider avenue for farm exports

A delegation visiting Moscow recently found Russian officials keenly interested in Pakistani commodities and willing to Published Dec 29, 2014 06:17am

Regaining the lost Mexican market

AT a time when rice exports are declining, there are hopeful signs of regaining the Mexican market, which Pakistan... Published Dec 22, 2014 06:19am

Challenges for dairy sector

The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority is now encouraging small ... Published Dec 08, 2014 06:21am

Stakes in amending the Seed Act

The more specific objective of the new law is to allow multinationals to formally launch genetically modified seeds and Published Nov 03, 2014 06:47am

Depressed cotton trade

Lower cotton prices are seen helping the spinners improve margins, and some closed units have resumed production Published Oct 27, 2014 07:01am

Response to climate change impacts

Although being one of the most vulnerable countries to the worst climate effects, Pakistan amazingly appears more Published Oct 13, 2014 06:25am

Water storages cannot be wished away

A major victim of neglect on the part of successive governments has been the country’s agriculture whose demand for Published Oct 06, 2014 01:53am

Crop sowing may be delayed

The ministry of production and industries proposed the import of at least 600,000 tonnes of urea for the rabi season. Updated Sep 29, 2014 09:46am

Climate change plays havoc

The country’s climate change department is dysfunctional, as several senior positions continue to remain vacant and... Updated Sep 22, 2014 09:12pm

Revamping cattle markets

The sellers will be provided all sorts of facilities in the upgraded cattle market while the number of staff... Published Sep 15, 2014 06:26am

Time to reinvent Indus Waters Treaty

Pakistan has raised objections on the sites of Ratle, Pakal Dul, Miyar and the Lower Kalnai hydropower projects and has Published Sep 08, 2014 06:14am