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PAKISTAN : 'Commodity prices to remain soft' - Deputy Administrator Jocelyn Brown, FAS

March 21, 2016


Jocelyn G. Brown is the Deputy Administrator in USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). 

In this position, she oversees USDA's international food and technical assistance programs. Before serving as Deputy Administrator, she covered trade policy issues for Asia, Africa and the Middle East, concentrating on China, India, and Africa Growth and Opportunity Act agricultural policy issues. She was also a Peace Corps volunteer at the Northwest Frontier Province Agriculture University in Peshawar from 1988-1990. 

BR Research was fortunate enough to arrange a Q&A session with Ms. Brown regarding the USDA's presence in Pakistan, how our country compares to others in agriculture and what is the way forward. 

BRR: Tell us a little bit about the U.S. Department of Agriculture - how many countries does USDA maintain presence in? How much of USDA's reports/forecasts are based on primary research and what are some of the other data sources used in com…

INDIA 2016 : Experts offer tips to fight withering of mango flowers

Published : 20 Mar 2016, 20:51:29

RAJSHAHI, Mar 20 (BSS): Proper and sustainable management has become an urgent need for saving mango flowers and fruits from premature withering as the gardeners and businessmen suffer a lot due to this problem. 

Scientists and researchers concerned viewed that premature withering of flowers and fruits is a nightmare for the gardeners and they can check the problem to some extent by following some prescribed guidelines properly. 

To address the problem, the field-level agriculture extension and research officials, farmers and other concerned should work together and promote modern technologies in this connection.

"We are working intensively for sustainable management of mango flowers and fruits,"said Dr Alim Uddin, Principal Scientific Officer at the Fruit Research Station (FRS) in Rajshahi. 

The Horticulture Research Centre (HRC) under the Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) has been implementing a project with financial support fro…