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Pakistan’s half of country population resides in rural areas: Reports

Pakistan: The agriculture sector of Pakistan contributes 18.9% to the GDP and employs 42.3% of the labour force, including women. The estimates suggested that half of the country’s population still resides in rural areas and is directly dependent on agriculture, including the production of wheat, cotton, sugarcane, rice, mangoes, dates and know. Yet, it faces a huge food crisis because of the rapidly growing population and insufficient food productivity.

Pakistan: Federal Govt faces criticism over free wheat distribution in Punjab

Pakistan: The federal government has faced criticism for how it distributed free wheat flour in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In response, they have asked the Gilgit-Baltistan administration to reduce the cost of subsidized wheat for citizens in a targeted way and charge wealthy people market rates to ensure a sustainable supply. The GB government has agreed to raise flour prices, which are currently much lower in the region than in the rest of the country.

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