3.4 per­cent ex­tra water avail­able for Rabi crop: API

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IS­LAM­ABAD

Suf­fi­cient in­puts like seed, water and fer­til­iz­ers are avail­able for the sow­ing of Rabi crops par­tic­u­larly ma­jor food crop of the sea­son wheat.

Ac­cord­ing to es­ti­mates of In­dus River Sys­tem Author­ity (IRSA) about 3.4 per­cent ex­tra water would be avail­able for sow­ing the wheat crop dur­ing the cur­rent sea­son, said Chief Agri­cul­ture Pol­icy In­sti­tute (API) Ab­dul Rauf Chaudhry.

Talk­ing to me­dia here on Thurs­day he said that the Water avail­abil­ity dur­ing the Rabi sea­son has been es­ti­mated about 30.4 Mil­lion Acre Feet (MAF) which is 3.4 per­cent higher than the last year and up by 7 per­cent as com­pared to the last year 7 years.

He in­formed that all the ar­range­ments have been fi­nal­ized for sow­ing the Rabi crops as the sea­son starts from Oc­to­ber and con­tin­ues till March for sow­ing of dif­fer­ent crops in­clud­ing wheat, mus­tard and other mi­nor crops and veg­eta­bles to ful­fill the domestic re­quire­ments.

About the fer­til­iz­ers and pes­ti­cides avail­abil­ity, he said that about 2,996 thou­sand tons of urea fer­til­izer are avail­able through out the sea­son with 684 thou­sand tons carry for­ward stocks of last year.

Ac­cord­ing the es­ti­mates of Na­tional Fer­til­izer Devel­op­ment Com­pany, out of the to­tal re­quired urea, 1900 thou­sand tons are domestic pro­duce where as 412 thou­sand tons are get by im­port, he added.The es­ti­mated off-take of urea will be about 3,000 tons thus the de­mand and sup­ply po­si­tion up to June 2013 is ex­pected to re­main com­fort­able de­pend­ing upon the ar­rival of sched­uled im­ports, he added.

He said that about 943 thou­sand tons of DAP would be avail­able for Rabi 2012-13 with 227 thou­sand tons of open­ing stocks.

Out of the to­tal re­quired quantum of the in­put 336 thou­sand tons are domestic pro­duc­tion where as the re­main­ing quan­tity will be ful­filled by im­port.Rauf Chaudhry said that the ex­pected off-take is likely 785 thou­sand tons dur­ing the cur­rent sea­son for sow­ing the wheat crop. five years, he added.Suf­fi­cient cer­ti­fied wheat seed at af­ford­able rates are also avail­able as coun­try was re­ceiv­ing bumper crop from last four years and to con­trol the herbi- cides at­tack on the crop pri­vate sec­tor was also vig­i­lant.

It may be re­called that wheat crop is cul­ti­vated over 75 per­cent ar­eas in Pun­jab, 12 per­cent in Sindh, 8 per­cent in Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa and 4 per­cent area over Balochis­tan.

Out of the to­tal wheat out put about 76 per­cent is pro­duced in Pun­jab, while Sindh pro­duce 16 per­cent, KP 5 per­cent and Balochis­tan pro­duces 3 per­cent of to­tal wheat pro­duced across the coun­try.

The API head in­formed that ac­cord­ing the data re­ceived from the prov­inces nor­mal sow­ing of wheat was recorded across the wheat sow­ing ar­eas, how­ever he said that nor­mal rain­fall dur­ing the pe­riod from Jan­uary-March would help the coun­try to achieve health­ier crop.

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