Balanced use of fertilisers helps increase per acre yield

FAISALABAD (APP): Agriculture experts have advised the farmers to consult staff of agri department for a balanced use of fertilizers in wheat crop fields to increase yield. They said 2 bags of DAP, half bag of urea, 1 bag of potassium sulphate, 5 bags single super phosphate, two and a half bags ammonium nitrate per acre should be used while cultivating wheat crop in Mera (weak) soil to get bumper crop. In middle fertile land, one and half bag DAP, half bag urea, one bag potassium sulphate, 4 bag single super phosphate should be applied in one acre. In fertile land, one bag DAP, half bag urea, one bag potassium sulphate, two and half bag single super phosphate, one and half bag ammonia nitrate, two bags nitrophos should be used to increase per acre yield.

Federal Committee on Agriculture fixes crops targets today

ISLAMABAD (APP): Federal Committee on Agriculture (FCA) would meet here on October 21 (Wednesday) to take stock of Kharif crops 2015-16 and fix the production targets of Rabbi crops in the country. The meeting would review the production of major and minor Kharif crops including cotton, rice, maize and sugarcane besides taking stocks of the production of pulses and oil seeds like soybean and sunflower for domestic consumption as well as to export. The Committee would also fix the crop production targets for Rabbi season including wheat, barley, peas, gram linseed and mustard besides setting targets for growing the seasonal vegetables to tackle the domestic requirements.

Minister for National Food Security and Research, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan is scheduled to chair the meeting whereas representatives of provincial food ministries and departments would also attend the meeting and present the over view of the crop positions and future planning of their respective provinces.

US agri specialists conduct

training on plant pest risks

ISLAMABAD (INP): A risk analyst and an export coordinator with the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service conducted training in plant pest risk analysis, mitigation, and communication for Pakistan’s Department of Plant Protection officials and other stakeholders. The training was part of an international collaboration to support the Government of Pakistan’s efforts to expand trade in agricultural commodities.  The goals were to expand the knowledge of Pakistan’s plant health regulatory and scientific officials and to foster collaboration between USDA and Pakistan’s plant health officials.

USDA export coordinator Ms. Lottie Erikson remarked, “Government of Pakistan has made incredible strides in recent years to increase the value and quality of exported agricultural commodities.

USDA is pleased to support the Department of Plant Protection’s efforts to expand its staff and strengthen its skills.”

USDA risk analyst Walter Gutierrez described the importance of a plant pest risk analysis, saying, “the purpose of phytosanitary regulations is to protect a country’s domestic agriculture and that of its trading partners. To accomplish safe trade, imported and exported products must be free of pests and diseases. In Pakistan, the Department of Plant Protection must determine the risk of potential pests and diseases that may be present in traded commodities through plant pest risk analysis.  The analysis should be based on sound science, credible, and defendable.”

Agriculture is Pakistan’s second largest sector, accounting for more than 21 percent of GDP.  It remains by far the largest employer, with 46 percent of the labour force working in the sector.  For the nearly 62 percent of the Pakistani population in rural areas, agriculture is a vital part of daily life. USDA supports Pakistani scientists and farmers to enhance agricultural productivity in Pakistan, support economic objectives, and meet food security needs.

Work on North-South gas pipeline likely to start in 3-4 months

ISLAMABAD (APP): Construction work on the North-South gas pipeline project is expected to start in next three to four months, official sources in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources said. “Pakistan and Russia have recently signed an agreement to lay a 1100km pipeline from Karachi to Lahore with a Russian investment of $2 billion, and hopefully the construction work will start within three to four months,” they told APP. They said the project was of great significance for Pakistan as it would help supply the additional volume of imported gas from the country’s South to rest of the country. Under the project, they said, 12.4bcm (billion cubic meters) of gas would be transported from Karachi to Lahore per annum.

through a 42 inch diametre pipeline, and “the project’s first phase is likely to complete by December 2017.”

The pipeline would connect liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals located in Karachi with those of Lahore, they added.

They said Pakistan was passing through a severe energy crisis and the project would prove to be a milestone to overcome it.

Punjab govt provides Rs300m seeds free of cost

MULTAN (APP): Punjab govt provided disease-resistant wheat seeds worth Rs 300 million free of cost to farmers hailing from nearly 24000 villages in the province. According to Assistant Director Information (agriculture) Naveed Asmat Kohloon, Punjab government has been giving immense importance to promotion of seeds varieties having capability to resist sudden environmental changes and different diseases. He added that last year’s “Kungi” disease attack on wheat crop reduced the crop. Punjab government offered seeds of varieties including Chakwal-50, Faisalabad 2008, Punjab 2011, Galaxy 2013 and some others to farmers after balloting draw. Each progressive farmer was given 200 kilograms of seeds against four acres.