April 04, 2013
ABDUL RASHEED AZAD
Pakistan’s wheat output in likely to exceed 24.5 million tons during the current Rabi crop season, officials said. According to officials, Punjab and Sindh achieved 100 percent wheat cultivation targets, while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan also achieved over 90 percent cultivation targets. Wheat production in Punjab is likely to remain 19 million tons, in Sindh four million tons, a million tons in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and around half a million tons in Balochistan.
Public sector wheat procurement should be around 7.5 million ton, including 4 million tons by Punjab food department, 1.5 million ton by Sindh food department and 1.5 million ton by Passco. Punjab achieved 100 percent wheat sowing target for cultivating the vital food crop on 16 million acres of land and is likely to produce 19 million tons of staple grain, a senior official of Punjab Agriculture Department told Business Recorder.
Between 2008 and 2013, the government had increased the wheat support price from Rs 600 per 40 kg to Rs 1,250 per 40 kg, because of which farmers across the country brought more lands under wheat cultivation. However, during the same, period prices of essential inputs such as electricity, diesel and fertilisers also registered manifold increase in their prices: in 2008 a urea bag of 50 kg was available at Rs 750, which at present is being sold at Rs 1700, similarly a DAP fertiliser bag of 50 kg in 2008 was available at Rs 1,300, which at present is being sold at over Rs 4000.
The most important factor which determines the output of any crop is weather and regular rainfall during the months of January, February and March also helped in achieving a healthy crop during the season. Due to above mentioned factors, per acre yield is likely to improve by 5 percent for achieving bumper wheat crop of 4.5 million tons to fulfil the domestic requirements as well as export, the official added.
Crop had been sown on about 16.4 million acres against 16 million acres last year sowing which was up by 0.4 percent, adding that wheat sowing in Sindh increased by one percent as compared to the sowing of the same period last year, as about 0.98 million hectare of cultivated land so far as against the 0.97 million hectare of last year. In KPK wheat sowing crossed 730,000 hectare mark as against the last year’s sowing on 727,000 hectare, he added. Wheat sowing registered decrease in Balochistan due to floods of last two years as it was expected that sowing figures were likely to reach 341,000 hectare during the year as compared the sowing of 388,400 hectare two year ago.
In Punjab additional area of thousands acres have been brought under wheat cultivation in rain-fed zone of Rawalpindi division and rice and cotton growing areas of other districts of the province to boost wheat output. He said Jhelum, Khushab, Bhakkar, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Narowal, Sheikhupura, Okara, Sahiwal, Pakpattan, Multan, Khanewal, Layyah, DG Khan and Bahawalpur districts surpassed the 100 percent target while other remaining districts have sown wheat on more than 95% of the targeted area. In Rawalpindi, Jhelum and Gujranwala districts have been ranked the best for achieving 122 percent, 118 percent and 106 percent, respectively above the wheat cultivation targets. Source Business Recorder.
Published: Zarai Media Team