Cotton crop target goes down after heavy rains

STAFF REPORT MULTAN: Unexpected rains in May have destroyed the cultivated cotton besides reducing the wheat procurement target by 30 per cent.
Experts say that climatic changes and discouraging agriculture policies are the reasons behind reduction in the wheat procurement and decline in cotton sowing by 1.7 million acres in southern Punjab.
They said that growers are reluctant to go for re-sowing due to high expenditures and poor output. "The heavy rainfall is not only the

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Heavy rains changing patterns for growers

STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan is experiencing the worst effects of climate change as evident from longer spells of heavy rains and devastating floods for the fourth consecutive year. These threats include serious threats to agriculture and water resources and, in fact, the country’s economic fabric.

Since 2010, monsoon rains and floods have been more ferocious than before, leaving the rural infrastructure and, above all, agricultural economy in a disarray.

To save agriculture which is

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Rains to fetch Rs 15b benefits to farm sector

STAFF REPORT LHR: The recent spell of widespread rains have given a benefit of at least Rs 15 billion to the farmers at a very critical stage of crops especially, wheat, grams, mustards, oil seeds, vegetables and fodder."Rabi crops had been sown over 2.2 million acres of land in the province of Punjab. These crops need urgent watering at middle stage of their growth since irrigation canal had remained closed for de-silting purposes," said Director General Agriculture Extension Services

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Less rains may dampen farm targets

STAFF REPORT KHI: Inflationary pressures may get triggered during the coming months as poor rainfall during the ongoing monsoon season is expected to adversely impact the agricultural yields.According to experts, the rainfall during this monsoon season has not stood as per expectations.They warned that the less water availability situation due to low rainfall in the country could hurt the supply side situation in agriculture segment that may induce more inflation in the months coming ahead.&quot

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Indus civilization shaped by seasonal rains

STAFF REPORT IBD: Climate change may have determined the fate of the ancient world’s most expansive civilization. A new study suggests that the waning of monsoons spurred both the rise and fall of the Harappans, who flourished in the floodplains of the Indus Valley thousands of years ago.Small floods driven by the rains nourished the crops of early cities but proved unreliable generations later, researchers have recently reported online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.&

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