Ashfak Bokhari

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

Cheaper wheat imports

The Ukrainian wheat that Pakistani millers have bought is rain-damaged and of lower quality, which is one cause of its Published Aug 25, 2014 06:27am

How to avoid EU ban on mango

The merit of a plant installed at mango farms is difficult to determine: whether or not they meet the ... Updated Aug 04, 2014 02:02pm

Potato traders’ tenacity

According to Indian media, so far the potato exporters from the state of Punjab were selling their produce to Pakistani Published Jul 28, 2014 06:46am

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.... Published Jul 21, 2014 06:17am

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 Published Jul 07, 2014 07:22am

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... Published Jun 30, 2014 06:08am

Paltry tax revenue from farm income

Punjab collected farm income-tax revenue of Rs830 million, a low figure, in the current fiscal year against the Published Jun 23, 2014 06:11am

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... Published Jun 22, 2014 06:12am

Rice exporters’ dilemma

RICE exporters feel the government has let them down badly by ignoring their key concerns in the new budget despite ... Published Jun 16, 2014 07:02am