July 12, 2013
The paddy plantation is in full swing in the rice growing districts of the province after recent rains in the central Punjab, Director General Punjab Agriculture Extension Services Dr Anjum Ali told Business Recorder.
He said climate was conducive, water supplies were adequate and there were positive indications that rice crop would be sown over the target area of 4.2 million acres well in time and Punjab would achieve production target of 4.3 million tons of various varieties of rice this season.
Sialkot, Narowal, Gujranwala, Sheikhupura, and Hafizabad districts produce best varieties of rice including Basmati 370, Super Basmati, Super Kernal, Basmati 386, Basmati 385 and Basmati 198. Pakistan earns around two billion dollars in foreign exchange by export of rice every year.
About the impact of recent rains on other crops, Dr Ali said the timely rains had been very beneficial to the sugarcane, vegetables and fodder crops in the rain-fed Barani areas and canal irrigated Central Punjab. He further said since there had been no rains in the cotton growing belt of South Punjab, therefore cotton crop was safe from the rain-related pest / virus attacks. Business Recorder