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Pakistan’s complex Economy Structure

Pakistan’s economy can also be described as an agricultural economy, facets of which enable the country to exports its produce to countries worldwide. Whereas the current economic predicament of the country has had its fair share of ups and downs due to which the imports far exceeded the exports, in turn, resulting in the closing of agricultural businesses and industries, the situation has somewhat improved due to political and social reforms resulting in agricultural industries returning to their former glory. One of the most vital catalysts of this agricultural industry is the organic rice producers actively contributing to Pakistan’s economy.

Agricultural industries and their importance in Pakistan

One of the businesses who was vitalized and saw the recent developments being made to strengthen the industry as an opportunity were the organic rice producers. The companies realized that the local markets were anxiously waiting for someone who would innovate by bringing organic produce at affordable rates at the market’s disposal. Whilst addressing this niche that had existed for quite some time, the companies would increase their turnover and gross profit margins dramatically by strategically placing its products where they would gather the most consumer attention. To make this possible, companies like AKC commodities limited work in conjunctions with their affiliate suppliers and producers to constantly improve their product so it remains relevant and up to date.

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 Product Portfolio

Other than being the leading organic rice producers that have the export standard quality oriented lineup of various varieties of rice, agricultural industries have a plethora of different products that are appreciated and exported across the world apart from being bought off the shelves of supermarkets across Pakistan which greatly help the local economies. These companies are also leading suppliers of organic and locally sourced dried fruits. The product lineup includes different types of apricots such as sweet and sour and apricot kernels which help in treating in various different ailments in men and women and provide relief to strained muscles.

Different variations

Furthermore, a variety of different dates and their styles of presentations are also offered by the company with chopped dates and pitted dates being the most popular. Mulberries of both white and black species which are vital for anthocyanin regeneration; a compound that increases immunity against various different diseases is also supplied with various different products such as pine nuts and raisins such as the green raisins, sultana raisins and Thompson raisins to meet the demands of the diverse markets.

New standards and their implementation to revive the industry

In this pursuit of quality oriented and customer satisfaction based business, IFS, Fairtrade, and Sedex certified manufacturing plants in Pakistan were set up, a quality that is testament to the forward thinking initiatives of the government in the form of strategies of being ahead of other organic rice producers whose product is imported at a premium. This manufacturing standard also enables the agriculture sector to provide the best variety of organic products such as rice at affordable prices without compromising on quality whatsoever giving the economy a much needed boost.


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Demand for organic sesame seeds is gradually growing in countries like the United States, forcing farmers to rethink strategies of dependent growth to cater to the ever increasing streams of supply. Whereas this sudden increase in the demand for has provided an alternate source of income for the farmers, producers have been faced with the dilemma of sustaining growth without the usage of artificial growth catalysts to ensure the product they are growing is completely natural and devoid of agents such as yield enhancers and pesticides. Not only dies this initiative significantly decrease the optimal yield due to the product being vulnerable to insects, decay, disease and weed, it also significantly raises the price per grain which in turn reflects when the consumer goes out to buy the product especially in the case of organic seeds.

Initiatives to help producers to boost the sector

For the reasons that have been discussed previously and assist the organic sesame seed producers so they can contribute to the economy in a more positive way, United States Department of agriculture has pledged 1 million dollars in investment and attained the services of professionals of the field with significant experience in battling pests in agricultural products to make them more profitable for both the farmers and the consumers in a bid to make the quality and quantity of organic seeds more attainable. This investment will also set up a center of research and excellence where methods and strategies to improve quality assurance among other things can be assessed to

How Pakistan’s agriculture sector can return to its former glory

Pakistan’s economy can also be described as an agricultural economy, facets of which enable the country to exports its produce to countries worldwide. Whereas the current economic predicament of the country has had its fair share of ups and downs due to which the imports far exceeded the exports in turn resulting in the closing of agricultural businesses and industries, the situation has somewhat improved due to political and social reforms resulting in agricultural industries returning to their former glory. One of the most vital catalysts of this agricultural industry is the organic sesame seed producers actively contributing to Pakistan’s economy.

Moment of renaissance

Businesses soon realized that the local markets were anxiously waiting for someone who would innovate by bringing organic produce at affordable rates at the market’s disposal. Whilst addressing this niche that had existed for quite some time, the companies would increase its turnover and gross profit margins dramatically by strategically placing its products where they would gather the most consumer attention. To make this possible, AKC commodities limited works in conjunctions with its affiliate suppliers and producers to constantly improve their product so it remains relevant and up to date. This would help propel the industry in the right direction with a major inevitable influx of opportunities of growth expected.

Have you ever fond of that golden thick liquid produced by thousands of bees using enzyme and flowers’ nectar called honey? Do you use it as an alternative sweetener for sugar in your tea, juice or even use this as a filling on your bread and biscuits? If so, Manuka honey can be your newest favoriteto store in your pantry among different types of honey available in the store.

This kind of honey does not just taste better but it is also packed with nutrients that are good for your body. It is loaded with health benefits because of its Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) content and a good remedy for wound, sore throat, bad breath and other gastrointestinal diseases. So, if you are not yet familiar with manuka, this article will provide you practical information about this nutritious sweetener.

What is Manuka honey?

Manuka honey is a monofloral honey which was first originated in New Zealand and used as an alternative medicine. This type of honey is being produced by thousands of European bees from the nectar of Leptospermum scoparium commonly known as Manuka tree which grows onlyin New Zealand and southeastern Australia. Since bees only pollinate and get the nectar from one plant species only, it has a distinctive and strong flavor—a combination of sweet, aroma, and slightly bitter flavor. Its color is darker and more intense that those regular honey.

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It contains methylglyoxal(MG), dihydroxyacetone (DHA) and hydrogen peroxide. MG is an organic compound and active ingredient for anti-bacterial, DHA is a carbohydrates used for anti-aging products while hydrogen peroxide is an antibiotic compound. It makes Manuka honey good for curing inflammation and wound cleansing.

Manuka honey vs raw honey?

As stated above, Manuka honey is a monofloral type of honey. European bees only pollinate in the flowers of Manuka tree unlike for the raw honey wherein the bees can get nectar from different flowers around them. Both are pure form of honey but Manuka honey undergoes creaming process after it is extracted from hive. Raw honey is extracted even without adding heat that is why, sometimes when you buy regular honey from the market, there are pieces of pollen mixed in the syrup.

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Also, as compared to other kinds of honey, manuka honey has a unique content of methylglyoxal (MG). Although, both has anti-microbial properties, manuka possesses a much stronger anti-microbial activity than to raw honey.

How to know if the Manuka honey you are going to buy is real?

Because of the buzz of Manuka honey, it increases its sale in the market over the years. A lot of people are willing to purchase this superfood even though it is a bit pricy as compared to regular honey. As a result, it makes more susceptible to adulteration.

So, before you buy (whether in the market or online), it is a must to check the label to know if the product really comes from the New Zealand. Remember that Manuka honey can only be harvested in New Zealand because the Manuka tree only grows in this place. Look for the abbreviation UMF and certified MG content. If these two are missing, the chance that the Manuka honey you are going to buy is fake is relatively high.

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If you order from the manufacturer, do business only in the trusted New Zealand brand. It makes you worry less because the honey undergoes to careful creaming process which conducted in the clean, safe and specialized facilities. Moreover, check also the consistency and color of the manuka honey being sold to you. It should be darker and bronzer while its texture should be more crystalized due to the heat temperature during its creaming process. A reputable brand would be Comvita Manuka Honey. They are a publicly listed company specializing in Manuka honey.

5 Benefits of Manuka honey

This gold elixir provides you with numerous health benefits. Get ready to be amazed because it can magically change the quality of your life even after one month of intake.

Cures pimples, acne and eczema

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Are you tired of your pimples, acne and eczema? Have you tried different beauty products yet you cannot get rid of them? Maybe, it is about time to use natural tonic to achieve your dream flawless and vibrant skin. Manuka honey has antimicrobial, antibacterial and healing properties that help you eliminate those dirt and bacteria hiding in your clogged pores.

Wash your face with lukewarm water to open the pores and apply the Manuka honey on your face. Leave it for 3-5 minutes. Then, wash it off with soap (to remove the sweet flavor) and rinse it with cold water to close the pores. Do this every night before you sleep for the best result.

Soothes sore throat and an effective wound, burn, and coughremedy

Traditionally, honey has been used as a remedy for cough with some slices of lemons on it. But Manuka is more effective due to its advanced antimicrobial, antibiotics, and anti-inflammation properties. When you put some of it in a cup of hot water, it soothes your throat which lessen the irritation and discomfort because of some bacteria lining on your gullet. So, before your cough and sore throat get complicated that would cause you other painful inflammation of the tonsils, get yourself treated by taking a teaspoon of Manuka honey 2-3 times a day. Apart from that, it can also treat wound and burn because it is rich in antioxidant and antibacterial properties.

Fights against dental plaque and other oral bacteria

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Manuka honey promotes oral health. Just like toothpaste, it can give you fresh breath because of the antimicrobial characteristic as well as the minerals important for building strong teeth such as phosphorus, zinc and calcium. Though, it is sweet, unlike those sweet treats, it has the ability to fight against plaque and other bacteria that damages your teeth and gives you bad breath. It can also keep your gum healthy which prevents you from having gingivitis—an inflammation of the gum.

Controls hair loss and other scalp problem like dandruff

Are you suffering from hair loss or other scalp problems like dandruff? Buy yourself a Manuka honey instead of trying different brands of shampoo to treat control hair loss and dandruff. Usually, when you are vitamins and minerals deficient, it is common that you experience premature thinning of hair. However, dandruff can also be a contributing factor why you lose a great amount of hair. When your scalp is undernourished, it would cause you scalp dryness thus killing your healthy skin.

With the help of Manuka honey, it can rejuvenate your hair follicles and nourish your scalp. It has antimicrobial and anti-fungal content, as well as it is packed with minerals such as B vitamins and amino acids that can keep your scalp hydrated. Aside from that, Manuka honey helps you achieve a smoother, shinier and more glowing hair.

Promotes gastrointestinal and digestive health

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If your stomach always hurt, maybe you have mild gastrointestinal and digestive problem. To prevent that from getting worse, treat yourself as soon as possible by taking Manuka honey. The anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory content of Manuka enabling you to be free of any stomach-related diseases and conditions such as abdominal pain, lose bowel movement, constipation, ulcer, and diarrhea.

Final Thought

Manuka honey provides incredible benefits not only those mentioned above making it extra unique than those raw and regular types of honey you can buy in the market. Generally, it is safe to consume even by kids (do not give this to babies under one year old). However, please consult your doctor if you are allergic to bees or honey and diagnosed with diabetes if it is okay for you. If yes, choose manuka whenever you buy honey. Just do check the label, consistency and color of the honey you are going to buy to know if it is real. Another good thing to remember about this honey is that it is specially made for you by those industrious bees pollinating in manuka tree—a type of tree which can only be found in New Zealand.

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Co-founder and Head of Marketing for HoneyCity. Henry's passion is building e-commerce businesses that create value for the society. Through his interactions with people around him, he realizes that there is a lack in understanding of how to improve health through food and that idea gave birth to HoneyCity. In his free time, he enjoys watching a movie or reading a book.

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