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

Talking to APP here on Friday, 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.

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 Rabi crop season (October and November).

However, he said that final sowing figures would be received by the field formations by the second week of January 2013. He said that wheat sowing also has got momentum and farmers were encouraged for cultivating more wheat due to government’s 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 fruit, vegetables and pulses grown over a vast area in the country.

Meanwhile, the Punjab Agriculture Department has advised gram growers to remove weeds from the crop by hoeing.

A spokesman for the department said on Friday that farmers should hoe the crop for the first time after 30-40 days of sowing and repeat it after one month. He asked the growers to water the crop of “Kabuli Chana” after 45 days of sowing and the second time when it gives flower.

He asked them to contact the department in case of an insect attack.