We grow IRRI6 which is a long grain coarse rice variety. It has an average grain length (AGL) of 6.0mm and is the preferred rice variety consumed in bulk volumes locally in Sindh Province of Pakistan.
We have been supplying rice to the rice mills situated in thatta in bulk quantities for the past decade and it has been considered as one of the best qualitites as at Al-Samak we put effort in taking care of each crop to produce good quality rather than focusing on the quanitity.
Wheat is the leading food grain of Pakistan and being the staple diet of the people and occupies a central position in agricultural policies. Wheat contributes 10.3 percent to the value added in agriculture and 2.2 percent to GDP. Wheat area sown increased to 9039 thousand hectares in 2013-14, from 8660 thousand hectares showing an increase of 4.4 percent over last year’s area.
The province of Sindh ranks second in wheat production. Kabul, Kurram and Gomal rivers have a substantial share in wheat acreage, at Al-Samak we take great care of our land from preparation till harvesting, we are currently cultivating wheat at 100 acres of land in Sajawal, Sindh that provides 1.8 tonne per acre.
More than 35 kinds of vegetables are grown in numerous eco-systems in Pakistan from the dry zone to the wet zone, low elevation to high elevation, rain fed to irrigated and low input to very high input systems such as plastic houses, Al-Samak are also in the process of starting tunnel farming in the interior Sindh to meet the demand for off season vegetables.
Currently, We grow seasonal vegetables in Dhabejee, Thatta and Sajawal, Sindh with tomatoes, ladyfinger, cucumber, Tori, Loki and green chilies in common.
Sugarcane is a deep-rooted crop and proper land preparation plays an important role in the development of cane root system, for achieving optimal growth of the crop. At Al-Samak Land is prepared by deep ploughing at least after every subsequent year. While the main source of ploughing is tractor 62.5 per cent and an animal is 34.9 per cent.
Sugarcane planting is usually carried out in spring and autumn season. We believe that Autumn planting offers high yields and high sugar recovery, compared to spring planting and October planting of sugarcane gives very luxuriant growth, which is mostly vulnerable to lodging. The crop gives good appearance till June-July but is subject to lodging in July or even earlier if there is windstorm or excessive rains.
Our fish farm extends to over 600 acres in total and is growing. our main business is in providing quality locally Fresh-water farmed fishes to wholesale market, supermarkets and F&B businesses. Within the company, we have varied expertise from farming to marketing and investments. Whether you’re a retailer, a food-service provider, a wholesaler or a distributor, you will have our full support in marketing and farming expertise to help you drive awareness and revenue. We will work closely with you to make sure that our products satisfactorily cater to your needs, and more importantly, that your customers are happy.
The world market for organic food has grown for over 15 years. Growth of retail sales in North America is predicted to be 10 per cent to 20 per cent per year during the next few years. The retail organic food market in Canada is estimated at over $1.5 billion in 2008 and $22.9 billion in the U.S.A. in 2008. It is estimated that imported products make up over 70 per cent of the organic food consumed in Canada. Canada also exports many organic products, particularly soybeans and grains.
The main reasons farmers state for wanting to farm organically are their concerns for the environment and about working with agricultural chemicals in conventional farming systems. There is also an issue with the amount of energy used in agriculture, since many farm chemicals require energy intensive manufacturing processes that rely heavily on fossil fuels. Organic farmers find their method of farming to be profitable and personally rewarding.
Consumers purchase organic foods for many different reasons. Many want to buy food products that are free of chemical pesticides or grown without conventional fertilizers. Some simply like to try new and different products. Product taste, concerns for the environment and the desire to avoid foods from genetically engineered organisms are among the many other reasons some consumers prefer to buy organic food products. In 2007 it was estimated that over 60 per cent of consumers bought some organic products. Approximately five per cent of consumers are considered to be core organic consumers who buy up to 50 per cent of all organic food.
Farm Owners can invest in Al-Samak fish business where we can mutually buy fish farm or lease it on affordable rates through our network min of 100 acre of good quality arranged after careful due diligence. We can manage and operate the farm under a specific farming agreement. We are already doing this business on over 500 acres and more in pipeline. Over the next 5 years, we aim to have 1200+ acres of fish farms under sole ownership or in partnership.
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