February 05, 2013
M RAFIQUE GORAYA
The ongoing widespread timely 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, fodder etc, agriculture expert and agronomist told Business Recorder here on Monday.
Director General Agriculture Extension Services Punjab Dr Anjum Ali said that Rabi crops had been sown over 2.2 million acres of land in the province. These crops needed urgent watering at middle stage of their growth since irrigation canal had remained closed for de-silting purposes till February 3. He said rains had greatly benefited grams crops in rain fed areas and there were bright prospects of bumper production to the tune of 0.5 million tons this year, more than double of 2011-12 year production of 0.21 million tons.
Dr Anjum said the present condition of crops and atmospheric environment give hopes that Punjab would produce at least 100,000 tons more wheat this year to the tune of 18.5 million tons which was staple food of the nation. Chairman Agri-Forum Pakistan Ibrahim Moghal said there were one million irrigation tube wells, of which 0.8 million were run on diesel oil in the province. He said one watering of crop by tube wells costs about Rs 10 billion, which had been done by the current spell of rains. Similarly the rain has also saved use of 50,000 bags of urea fertiliser in the fields costing about Rs 4 billion. He said these timely rains would significantly increase per acre yield of wheat, grams, mustards, oil seeds, maize, sunflower, vegetables and fodder for the live- stock.
Meanwhile the Meteorological department has forecast that widespread thunderstorm/rain with scattered heavy falls and heavy snowfall over the hills is likely to occur over upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Northern Punjab and Kashmir on Tuesday (today). Widespread thunderstorm/rain with isolated heavy falls and snowfall over the hills is also expected over Gilgit Balitistan and lower KP. Scattered thunderstorm/rain with isolated heavy falls and snowfall over the hills may occur over Southern Punjab, Eastern Balochistan and upper Sindh. While partly cloudy weather is expected over rest of the country. Under the influence of this strong weather system water flows in river Kabul, Indus, Jhelum, Chenab and Ravi may also rise.
RAIN RECORDED DURING PAST 24 HOURS
Cherat 135mm, Saidu Sharif 119mm, Rawalakot 88mm, Risalpur 86mm, Lower Dir & Peshawar city 84mm, Garhi Dupatta 75mm, Drosh 72mm, Peshawar A/P & Pattan 70mm (each), Malam Jabba 63mm, Islamabad Z.P 62mm, Dir 54mm, Chakwal 53mm, Parachinar 50mm, Islamabad A/P 49mm, Bannu 48mm, Joharabad 42mm, Kohat 40mm, Chitral 38mm, Mangla 35mm, Muzafarabad 33mm, Noorpur Thal 30mm, Balakot 29mm, Murree & Kotli 26mm (each), Kakul, Sialkot city & Skardu 23mm (each), Lahore A/P 19mm, Sialkot A/P 17mm, Gujranwala & Lahore city 15mm (each), Jiwani & Zhob 13mm (each), Bhakkar 12mm, Bahawalpur city, Sargodha & Quetta 11mm (each), Bahawalnagar & Okara 10mm (each), Mirkhani 9mm, Jhelum & T T Singh 8mm (each), DI Khan, Khanpur & Jhang 7mm (each), Samungli 6mm, Shorkot & Sahiwal 5mm (each), Chilas, Gupis & Multan 4mm (each), Faisalabad & DG Khan 3mm (each), Karachi A/P 2mm, Khuzdar 1mm, Padidan, Badin, Lasbela, Bunji, Gilgit & Hunza, Trace (each).