Pak, Argentina to enhance coop in agriculture sector

pakistan_argentinaPakistan and Argentina have great potential to enhance cooperation in agriculture sector for achieving mutually beneficial results, say Rodolfo Martin Saravia, Ambassador of Argentina while addressing business community at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

He said Argentina is strong in meat production could provide modern technology to Pakistan for quality meat production with modern line slaughter houses and end to end supply chain solutions. He said Halal meat is one of the fastest growing markets in the world and Argentina could send its experts to help Pakistan meat industry for reaping its full potential in Halal meat market.

Rodolfo said Argentina could also support Pakistan with technology transfer and expertise for agriculture development and increasing per acre yield, which has great impact for Pakistan’s economy. He said 50-60 companies of Argentina are participating in GULF FOOD 2014 Expo being held at Dubai from February 23-27, 2014 and stressed that maximum number of Pakistani entrepreneurs should attend that Expo. Read the entire article>>

Source: Pakistan Observer

Cochabamba: At least 7,926 families affected by floods

floodsAt least 7,926 families were affected by floods caused by heavy rains that fell last week in three regions of Cochabomba, Bolivia.  

Cinthia Vargas, Secretary of the Bolivian environmental group,”Derechos de la Madre Tierra,”  explained that this figure is still preliminary pending a survey of the damage in the towns of Villa Tunari, Chimoré, Puerto Villarroel, Shinahota, and Entre Rios. Vargas explained that the 

In addition to the human toll, there is nearly 20,000 acres of crops that were affected.  The representative of the Andina Commonwealth, Juan Carlos Terrazas, reported that several acres of potatoes and corn were damaged by a hail storm last weekend.

Brazil: Amazon deforestation rose 28% in a year

amazon_deforestationBrazil says the rate of deforestation in the Amazon increased by 28% between August 2012 and last July, after years of decline.

The government is working to reverse this “crime”, Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said.

Activists have blamed the increase in destruction on a controversial reform to Brazil’s forest protection law.

Last year Brazil reported the lowest rate of deforestation in the Amazon since monitoring began.

The provisional statistics from August 2012 to last July suggest that the area suffering deforestation was 5,843 sq km (2,255 sq miles), compared to 4,571 sq km (1,765 sq miles) in the previous 12 months.

The 28% rise interrupts a period of declining deforestation which began in 2009. However, it still remains the second lowest annual figure for forest loss in absolute terms.

The worst year on record was 2004, when 27,000 sq km of forest was destroyed.

Monthly data from several scientific institutions had suggested the deforestation rate might be on the rise. Read the entire article here>>

Source: BBC News |