ISLAMABAD - Recent spell of light rains would have positive impact on Rabi crops including wheat, barley, mustard, grams and other minor crops cultivated over large areas of the country.

Talking to APP here on Thursday, Member Crops Sciences in Pakistan Agriculture Research Council, Dr Shahid Masood said that early sown wheat was passing through the booting stage and it required a shower in this state and the recent rains proved a blessing for the crop.

There was a sufficient gap between first rainfall and recent spell of rains which are likely to continue till Friday evening and farmers can put fertilizers on their fields, he added.

He further informed that the rains were also beneficial for the late sowed crop which was cultivated by December and it was on five-leave stage or pre-booting stage and it required water for further nourishment.

Meanwhile, Chief Agriculture Policy Development Institute (API), Abdul Rauf Chaudhry said that current spell of rains will bring positive impact on wheat crop as it is time to water the fields because the wheat crops have started sprouting.

Current spell of rains would bring positive affect on Rabi crops particularly major food crops of the season including wheat and different pulses sown over a vast area in the country.

He said that wheat sowing position was quite encouraging as compared to the last year’s sowing because of early and timely rainfall during the start of the Rabbi crop season.

He said that wheat sowing also has got momentum and farmers were encouraged to cultivate more wheat due to government decision for enhancing wheat support price from Rs 1050 per 40 kg to Rs.1200 per 40 kg. The API head further informed that sufficient availability of other inputs like fertilizers, water for irrigation and seeds as compared to the last year will also help to enhance area under wheat sowing. Abdul Rauf said that recent spell of rains would be beneficial for other minor crops including fruits, vegetables and pulses grown over a vast area in the country.