LAHORE - Causing billions of rupees loss to the national economy, the floods have fully damaged the kharif crops on 400,000 acres in 31 districts of Punjab, it is learnt.

As per the estimates of the Punjab Agriculture Department: “The crops including rice, maize, fodder, sugarcane, cotton, moong, orchard and vegetables were 100 per cent devastated by the natural disaster at 381,527 acres in different districts of the province. Around 75 per cent and 50 per cent agriculture losses had been counted at 97,740 acres and 165,401 acres land respectively.”

The destruction of crops has been calculated 25 per cent at 325,817 acres while the total affected cropped area only in Punjab is being said by the government around one million acres only in Punjab.

The officials said Sindh, Balochistan and KPK provinces were also badly hit by the floods but Punjab remained the most vulnerable province in front of natural disaster.

Attock, Chakwal, Rawalpindi, Jehlum and Gujrat remained the most secure districts where the agriculture losses have been counted as nil while Rajanpur, Khanewal and Jhang are the most hit districts where the floods ruined crops at 62,000 acres, 47,000 acres and 46,629 acres, respectively.

The kharif crops at 249 acres were destroyed by the floods in the provincial metropolis, said the provincial government report. The kharif crop at more than 25,000 acres land each was affected in districts of Sheikhupura, Hafizabad and Narowal but the experts said the floods in rice belt would provide somehow benefit instead of losses.

The document said the rice crops were affected at area of 340,084 acres and maize was hit at 17,981 acres. The fodders were damaged at 183,420 acres and vegetables were destroyed at 10,921 acres of land. The losses to crops of Sugarcane, cotton and moong were counted at land of 130,278 acres, 172,924 acres and 11,907 acres respectively. The damaged to different other crops have been counted at area of 92,964 acres in various districts of the province. 

“The Punjab government is calculating total losses in terms of rupees and surely the targets set by us for kharif crops might not be achieved,” said an official of the agriculture department.