Reap estimates: rice production in Sindh to increase by 0.2 to 0.3 million tons
October 24, 2012: The Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (Reap) has estimated that rice production in Sindh would increase by 0.2 million to 0.3 million tons this year. “There is no negative affect of floods and we have a very good rice crop in Sindh with estimated production increase of 0.2-0.3 million tons this year,” Javed Ali Ghouri, Chairman Reap said here on Tuesday.
The Chairman REAP constituted a team to review and determine the crop losses in floods. The team visited almost all stations across the province and met farmers to determine the losses to crops during floods. The team presented its findings, according to which, there were no crop losses in floods and there was very good rice crop with increasing per acre yield. The report estimates that total rice production is expected to increase by 0.2-03 million tons this year as compared to the previous crop.
According to the report, there was a bumper crop in the area from Hyderabad to Moro via National Highway, Sukkur, Rohri, Sanghi, Punu Aaqil, Ghotki, Mirpur Mathelo, Dehrki and Shikarpur. In these areas, Irri-6, Irri-9, D-98 and Super Sindh varieties are cultivated. However, 15 to 20 percent rice crop damaged due to heavy rains in the areas of Kandhkot where Irri-6 variety is cultivated.
Similarly, there was bumper crop in the areas like Garhi Khairo, Shahdadkot, Larkana, Jamshoro, Gharo, Thatta, Tando Muhammad Khan, Badin, Dadu, Sehwan and other adjoining areas. The report says that the 70-80 percent rice crop damaged due to flood and heavy rains in Jaccobabad where Irri-6 is cultivated.