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Punjab government sets wheat production target at 19.2 million tons

posted Oct 12, 2011, 11:26 PM by Puneet Goyal   [ updated Oct 12, 2011, 11:32 PM ]
OCTOBER 12, 2011  ZAHID BAIG

The Punjab government has set wheat production target at 19.2 million tons on a sowing area of 16.8 million acres during Rabi season 2011-12. The provincial agriculture department has advised the wheat growers to complete sowing of their crop by November 15 and use seeds 50 kg per acre besides applying anti-fungus poison to the seeds before sowing.

The department has also directed all its officers and staff to play their role in create awareness among the growers about the benefits of use of latest agricultural technologies. The department arranged a one-day training workshop for its officers and extension workers on Tuesday, which was addressed by the Director General Agriculture (Extension) Dr Anjum Ali and many other agricultural experts.

Dr Ali said that wheat is the most important crop of the Punjab province and officers and staff of the agriculture department should play their role to fulfil a national duty of conveying benefits of latest technology to the growers in achieving maximum production. He urged the officers of the department to use media for conveying their message to the wheat growers in an effective manner so they could sow graded wheat seed in time.

The workshop was also addressed by Haji Ghulam Ahmad MPA, Dr Aziz ur Rehman, Dr ghulam Mahmood Subhani, Nadeem Ahmad from Ayub Agriculture Research Institute (AARI) Faisalabad. Dr Aziz ur Rehman said that wheat crop can produce better results if its sowing is completed by November 15. He said wheat variety Sahar, Faisalabad and Lasani should be sown after getting rice from any field. He said 'inquilab' variety of Pakistan is famous around the world due to its better per acre yield.

Dr Subhani, an expert said that irrigation at crucial times of the crop and use of balanced fertilisers is a must to get maximum per acre yield of wheat crop. He said in rice area first water should be applied after 30 to 40 days, second water after 80-90 days and third water after completion of formation of grain, after 125 to 130 days of sowing. He also told the participants that reasons for higher per acre wheat yield in India were not sowing wheat after November 30 and cheaper agricultural inputs and mechanised agriculture.
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