- Agriculture in Pakistan
Pakistan is one of the world's largest producers and suppliers of the following according to the 2005
Food and Agriculture Organizationof The United Nations and FAOSTATgiven here with ranking:
Tangerines, mandarin orange, clementine (8th)
Pakistan ranks fifth in the
Muslim worldand twentieth worldwide in farm output. It is the world's fifth largest milk producer.
Pakistan's principal natural resources are
arable landand water. About 25% of Pakistan's total land area is under cultivation and is watered by one of the largest irrigationsystems in the world. Pakistan irrigates three times more acres than Russia. Agriculture accounts for about 23% of GDP and employs about 44% of the labor force.
Barley and wheat cultivation—along with the domestication of cattle, primarily sheep and goat—was visible in
Mehrgarhby 8000-6000 BCE.Baber, page 19] Harris & Gosden, page 385] Early Mehrgarh residents lived in mud brick houses, stored their grain in granaries, fashioned tools with local copper ore, and lined their large basket containers with bitumen. They cultivated six-row barley, einkorn and emmerwheat, jujubes and dates, and herded sheep, goats and cattle. Residents of the later period (5500 BC to 2600 BC) put much effort into crafts, including flint knapping, tanning, bead production, and metal working. The site was occupied continuously until about 2600 BC. [Possehl, Gregory L. 1996. "Mehrgarh." "Oxford Companion to Archaeology", edited by Brian Fagan. Oxford University Press, Oxford.] Irrigationwas developed in the Indus Valley Civilizationby around 4500 BCE. The size and prosperity of the Indus civilization grew as a result of this innovation, which eventually led to more planned settlements making use of drainageand sewers.Rodda & Ubertini, page 279] Sophisticated irrigation and water storage systems were developed by the Indus Valley Civilization, including artificial reservoirs at Girnardated to 3000 BCE, and an early canalirrigation system from circa 2600 BCE. [Rodda & Ubertini, page 161]
Archeological evidence of an
animal-drawn ploughdates back to 2500 BC in the Indus Valley Civilization.citation|title=Thematic evolution of ISTRO: transition in scientific issues and research focus from 1955 to 2000|first=R.|last=Lal|journal=Soil and Tillage Research|volume=61|issue=1-2|date=August 2001|pages=3-12  ]
The most important crops are
wheat, sugarcane, cotton, and rice, which together account for more than 75% of the value of total crop output.
Pakistan's largest food crop is wheat. In 2005, Pakistan produced 21,591,400 metric tons of wheat, more than all of Africa (20,304,585 metric tons) and nearly as much as all of South America (24,557,784 metric tons), according to the FAO [cite web|url=http://faostat.fao.org/faostat/servlet/XteServlet3?Areas=359&Areas=165&Areas=318&Items=15&Elements=51&Years=2005&Format=Table&Xaxis=Years&Yaxis=Countries&Aggregate=&Calculate=&Domain=SUA&ItemTypes=Production.Crops.Primary&language=EN|title=FAOSTAT Database Results|accessdate=2006-06-03]
Pakistan has also cut the use of dangerous pesticides dramatically. [http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/field/2007/1000497/index.html]
Pakistan is a net food exporter, except in occasional years when its harvest is adversely affected by droughts. Pakistan exports rice, cotton, fish, fruits, and vegetables and imports vegetable oil, wheat, cotton, pulses and consumer foods. The country is Asia's largest
camelmarket, second-largest apricotand gheemarket and third-largest cotton, onionand milkmarket.
The economic importance of agriculture has declined since independence, when its share of GDP was around 53%. Following the poor harvest of 1993, the government introduced agriculture assistance policies, including increased support prices for many agricultural commodities and expanded availability of agricultural credit. From 1993 to 1997, real growth in the agricultural sector averaged 5.7% but has since declined to about 4%. Agricultural reforms, including increased wheat and oilseed production, play a central role in the government's economic reform package.
Much of the Pakistan's agriculture output is utilized by the country's growing processed-food industry. The value of processed retail food sales has grown 12 percent annually during the Nineties and was estimated at over $1 billion in 2000, although supermarkets accounted for just over 10% of the outlets. [http://www.fas.usda.gov/GainFiles/200011/60678815.pdf#search='pakistan%20retail']
Federal Bureau of Statisticsprovisionally valued "major crop" yields at Rs.504,868 million in 2005 thus registering over 55% growth since 2000 [http://www.statpak.gov.pk/depts/fbs/statistics/national_accounts/table4.pdf] while "minor crop" yields were valued at Rs.184,707 million in 2005 thus registering over 41% growth since 2000.
According to the "Economic Survey of Pakistan," [ [http://www.finance.gov.pk/survey/home.htm Economic Survey of Pakistan, 2005-6] ] the livestock sector contributes about half of the value added in the agriculture sector, amounting to nearly 11 per cent of Pakistan's GDP, which is more than the crop sector.
The leading daily newspaper "Jang" reports that the national herd consists of 24.2 million cattle, 26.3 million buffaloes, 24.9 million sheep, 56.7 million goats and 0.8 million camels. In addition to these there is a vibrant poultry sector in the country with more than 530 million birds produced annually. These animals produce 29.472 million tons of milk (making Pakistan the 5th largest producer of milk in the world), 1.115 million tons of beef, 0.740 million tons of mutton, 0.416 million tons of poultry meat, 8.528 billion eggs, 40.2 thousand tons of wool, 21.5 thousand tons of hair and 51.2 million skins and hides. [ [http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/sep2006-weekly/busrev-18-09-2006/p6.htm Business & Finance Review ] ]
Food and Agriculture Organizationreported in June 2006 that in Pakistan, the world's fifth largest milk producing country, government initiatives are being undertaken to modernize milk collection and to improve milk and milk product storage capacity. [ [http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/J7927e/j7927e09.htm Food Outlook - No. 1 June 2006 ] ]
Federal Bureau of Statisticsprovisionally valued this sector at Rs.758,470 million in 2005 thus registering over 70% growth since 2000. [http://www.statpak.gov.pk/depts/fbs/statistics/national_accounts/table4.pdf]
Fisheryplays an important role in the national economy. It provides employment to about 400,000 fishermen directly. In addition, another 500,000 people are employed in ancillary industries. It is also a major source of export earning. In July-May 2002-03 fish and fishery products valued at US $ 117 million were exported from Pakistan. Federal Government is responsible for fishery of Exclusive Economic Zone of Pakistan.
The major fish harbours of Pakistan are:
Karachi Fisheries Harbouris being operated by Provincial Government of Sindh.
Karachi Fish Harbourhandles about 90% of fish and seafood catch in Pakistan and 95% of fish and seafood exports from Pakistan.
Korangi Fish Harbouris being managed by Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock.
Pasni Fish Harbourbeing operated by Provincial Government of Balochistan.
Gwadar Fish Harbourbeing operated by Federal Ministry of Communication.
Federal Bureau of Statisticsprovisionally valued this sector at Rs.18,290 million in 2005 thus registering over 10% growth since 2000. [http://www.statpak.gov.pk/depts/fbs/statistics/national_accounts/table4.pdf]
Federal Bureau of Statisticsprovisionally valued this sector at Rs.25,637 million in 2005 thus registering over 3% decline since 2000. [http://www.statpak.gov.pk/depts/fbs/statistics/national_accounts/table4.pdf]
Economy of Pakistan
Trading Corporation of Pakistan
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