Need stressed for sowing climate, saline resistant crops

STAFF REPORT FSD: Vice Chancellor of University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF), Prof. (Dr) Iqrar Ahmad Khan, has said that as many as 6.8 million hectares of land in the country is under the grip of salinity, raising the threat of food insecurity. However, the land could be cultivated by sowing climate and saline resistant crops to increase the production and to alleviate poverty, he added.
He was speaking at a seminar held on Kinnow under the aegis of JK Agricultural Farms.

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Pakistan likely to miss wheat sowing target

STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan is likely to miss wheat production target of 25 million tons set for 2013-2014 as growers have reduced the area under wheat cultivation following the provincial governments failure to increase wheat support price.

Wheat support price is generally announced before the start of its sowing season aimed to encourage farmers to cultivate wheat but the provincial governments refused to increase this price which is Rs 1200 per 40kg.

"It is the responsibility

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Glaciers late melting delaying crop sowing

STAFF REPORT FBD: Punjab’s agricultural areas now face a severe water shortage due to the late melting of the Himalayan glaciers – a main source of the region’s rivers, delaying the sowing of three of the four most important crops in the country – cotton, sugarcane and rice."The water flow in the rivers is approximately 35 per cent below what it should be for this time of the year," said Arshad Khan, an officer at the Punjab Irrigation Department. "That shortage may rise to as

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Punjab may miss cotton sowing target

STAFF REPORT LHR: The cotton sowing target is likely to be missed as cotton over 1.2 million acres has so far been sown against the target of 6.2 million acres in the province of Punjab."The government should review its agriculture policies in the larger interest of the agriculture sector as it would leave positive impacts on this sector which is the backbone of the country’s economy," said Pakistan Agri Forum Chairman Muhammad Ibrahim Mughal.He said that exports of 16 billion

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Increased farm inputs prices dent wheat sowing

STAFF REPORT LHR: Pakistan is surely having less wheat production than in the last year, as the government has missed the wheat sowing target by 2 to 2.5 per cent in the ongoing Rabi crop season, shows an unofficial data about wheat sowing exercise.Last year, the government had covered 8.9 million hectares for wheat sowing and the same was considered for the current year. However, the initial estimates reveal that the wheat sowing target has been missed by 2.5 to 3 per cent, which might affect

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