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Eco-friendly Jirga bans hunting in Mardan village of Pakistan

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A jirga on Monday banned all types of hunting in Kohi Barmol in a bid to protect the wildlife and natural beauty of the mountain range which is located in Katlang tehsil of Mardan district. It announced an end to its 15-year-old agreement with the wildlife department regarding hunting. The ...

Shortage of Honeybees threatens crop pollination in Europe

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  In more than half of European countries, there are not enough honeybees to pollinate crops, according to new research. Scientists believe that a boom in biofuels has sparked a massive increase in the need for pollination. The shortage is particularly acute in Britain which has only a quarter of ...

46% of organic produce in Canada contained pesticides

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  In an analysis of data compiled by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) between 2011 and 2013, CBC News recently found that 46% of organic produce sold in Canada contained some pesticides, and 2% actually exceeded the maximum allowable limits. Seventy-seven percent of organic grape samples tested positive for ...

PRESERVE TOMATOES FOR COOKING WHEN THEIR PRICE IS LOW

, posted in Living
By Muhammad Fahim Abbas Tomatoes are essential for all type of cooking and their price is often fluctuating. It is possible to preserve tomatoes by freezing when their price is low. Frozen tomatoes are equally effective for cooking of different foods such as soups, sauces, stews etc. as they become ...

DUSKY COTTON BUG: AN ALARMING THREAT TO COTTON INDUSTRY OF PAKISTAN

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By Adnan Arshad and Muhammad Fahim Abbas Cotton Gossypium (Family: Malvaceae) is one of the most important commercially grown crops in Pakistan and contributes enormously into the economy of Pakistan. Cotton all over the world harbors a wide variety of insects, pests and diseases. However, most of the damage is ...

Eco-labelling trend increases with growing GMO consumer awareness

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Growing consumer awareness about genetically modified organisms (GMO) is fuelling the growth of products marked with eco-labels, such as "organic." In fact, increased consumer interest in food origins will push organic food sales to reach $50 billion by 2018. North America is experiencing a surge in certified food product sales ...

NASA will grow plants on Moon

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As per report of British news agency Daily mail, NASA has planned to sow its first seeds on the moon in 2015 by hitching a lift on commercial spacecraft the Moon Express lander. The Lunar Plant Growth Habitat team is constructing a small unit to study germination of plants in ...

Pakistan may lose Russian market for Kinnow export because of sanitary and phyto-sanitary (SPS) conditions

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Pakistan may lose one of its most profitable Kinnow markets, Russian market, and suffer heavily if Russian government does not rescind its decision by December 1, banning import of fruits and vegetables from Pakistan. The ban was imposed by Russian government a few months back as the quality of fruits ...

Dandelion flower found growing inside the ear canal of a young girl

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In Beijing, China, Doctor got stunned after finding a Dandelion flower growing inside tje ear canal of a young girl of about 16-months age. As per the report of Beijing morning post, the flower had grown upto nearly 2cm length before it has been surgically removed. Doctors said the dandelion ...

AgrisMundus Scholarship programme: A top level master training in agricultural development and management of natural resources

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The Agris Mundus MSc programme is a top level master training in agricultural development and management of natural resources.  It is a product of AGRINATURA, the European Alliance on Agricultural Knowledge for Development. The whole course is coordinated by Montpellier SupAgro. Salient feature of this programme are: A two-years programme ...
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