Weekly Weather Advisory for Farmers for for 2nd week of September, 2012

 Punjab including Islamabad:
Scattered rain-thundershower with isolated heavy falls is expected over Punjab on Monday. Isolated rain/thundershower is expected over Punjab on Tuesday. Scattered Rain-Thundershower is expected over Upper Punjab including Islamabad during second half of the week.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa:
Isolated rain-thundershower is expected in Hazara division on Monday/Tuesday. Scattered rain/thundershower is expected over Upper KP during second half of the week.

Baluchistan:
Widespread rain-thundershower with scattered heavy falls is expected over Eastern Balochistan on Monday, scattered rain-thundershower on Tuesday/Wednesday, Isolated rain-thundershower on Thursday/Friday. Dry weather is expected in most parts of the province on Saturday/Sunday.

Sindh:
Widespread rain-thundershower with scattered heavy falls is expected over Sindh on Monday. Scattered rain-thundershower with isolated heavy falls on Tuesday. Scattered rain-thundershower is expected in Lower Sindh from Wednesday to Friday, while isolated rain-thundershower in Upper Sindh from Wednesday to Friday. Dry weather is expected in most parts of the province on Saturday/Sunday.

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Kashmir:
Isolated Rain-Thundershower is expected over Kashmir during first half of the week. Scattered Rain-

Thundershower is expected during second half of the week.

Gilgit-Baltistan:
Mainly dry weather is expected during first half of the week. Isolated rain is expected during second half of the week.

Advises for Crops:
Cotton/Sugarcane: Farmers of cotton belt are advised to manage irrigation practices as per prediction of monsoon rains during the week. General Information: Farmers of rainfed areas, obtaining crop water through tube wells are advised to schedule the irrigation according to the expected weather mentioned above during the week. It is advised to ensure field sanitation and spray prophylactic fungicidal sprays to prevent spread of diseases on vegetables, as there is forecast for light to moderate rainfall during the week. Also farmers are advised to keep control on post-harvesting losses due to pests/insects & hot/moist monsoon season.

Precautionary Measures for Animals Care:
Farmers in the lower half of the country especially those in central regions are advised to take up poultry rearing houses to maintain optimum room temperature and take care against the rapid changes in air temperature and relative humidity.

Farmers in the coastal belt of the country are advised to vaccinate the cattle’s against black quarter and other diseases. In central-southern Punjab, upper Sindh and southern Balochistan as the temperature is high, provide sufficient water and rice water (in particular areas) to the animals before leaving them for grazing.

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National Agromet Center
Pakistan Meteorological Department
Islamabad, Pakistan

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