FEATURE-Watermills grind to a halt as erratic weather hits Kashmir grains

Pakistan pins big hopes on small dams to help farmers beat drought

By Roshan Din Shad, Thomson Reuters Foundation * Harvests in Kashmir have fallen 40% in the past decade * Of the 2,000 watermills working ten years ago, about 250 remain * Mills could be adapted for electricity generation, experts say CHAKOTHI, Pakistan, June 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Muhammad Latif never thought he would be […]

Improved market access for Australian grains, pulses and oilseeds exporters

Improved market access for Australian grains, pulses and oilseeds exporters

Australian canola, chickpea, lentil and wheat exporters now have improved market access into Pakistan following successful technical negotiations between the two countries.  Improved market access into Pakistan created market opportunities for Australian growers and exporters, according to minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud.  “These negotiations have delivered really positive outcomes for Australian farmers and exporters,” Littleproud said.  […]

Food Grains From Local Sources: Govt to buy less despite low stock

In a surprising move, the government has reduced the internal procurement target of food grains for the coming year, even though it had reached its lowest just two months ago in the current year. It has also failed to control food prices, especially that of rice – a staple in every Bangali household. For all […]

Quinoa: Cultivating the ‘mother of all grains’

Quinoa: Cultivating the 'mother of all grains'

One of the world’s most popular health foods that has its roots in South America, quinoa is now being grown in Bangladesh for the domestic market. High in protein, dietary fiber and amino acids, quinoa is often referred to as the mother of all grains. It is basically a herbaceous annual plant grown as a crop primarily […]