KAMALIA- The Agricultural Department (promotion) organised a seminar to educate farmers on improved cultivation of rice here at at Mauza Jeewan Waroana the other day.

Addressing the participants, Director Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRW) Lahore Region, Zamir Ahmed Soomro said that rice plantation is usually done in standing water using a standard water level of 1500 to 5000mm. This water level needs to be maintained to get a good production. However, through recent research it has been discovered that rice crop does not necessarily need standing water. Rice crop can now be planted on soil lanes to save 30 to 40 percent of water, allowing the farmers to harvest more crop than the traditional method.

District officer (Agricultural Promotion) Makhdoom Syed Shahid Iftikhar Bukhari said that farmers can now save water and get better results by using fertilizers to get more per acre rice crop. He claimed that 40 percent of plantation and harvesting cost can be saved by using this method. Plantation on soil lanes prevents the crop against diseases attacks due to better flow of air through the plants and also prevents the crop from falling over, hence, yielding a bigger grain size.

The farmers were given a tour of a model plot on the land of farmer M Asif Gujjar to showcase the successful application of the soil lane method. Later, a Q&A session was held where experts answered queries of the farmers.

At the end of the seminar, Deputy District Officer (DDO) Agriculture Chaudhry Khalid Mehmood advised the farmers to adopt the new method to promote rice cultivation.