Wheat harvesting in April
(APP) – Harveting of wheat will start from the first week of
next month (April) all across the Punjab province, whereas
it has already started in lower parts of Sindh.
Deputy Agriculture Development Commissioner (DADC) of the
Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MinFA), Imtiaz Ali told
that due to timely rains and better weather conditions
satisfactory wheat crop out look was reported with no
complaints of insects attack or other diseases.
The harvesting will pick up momentum slowly in other wheat
growing areas of the country because of moisture in the
fields due to recent rain spell, he added. A target of 25
million tons of wheat production was fixed for the year
2010-11, as the crop was cultivated over 8.8 million hectare
of land in the country, he added.
As much as 1.3 million tons of wheat would be procured
during the wheat procurement campaign for the year 2010-11
to fulfil the domestic requirements as well as for keeping
the strategic reserves in the country,” he added.
He said that the Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services
Corporation (PASSCO) has already finalized arrangements for
by setting up about 200 canters in Punjab to procure wheat.
He said that these canters would be established in 10 zones
of the Punjab including Hafazabad, Pakpatan, Vehari,
Bawalnagar, Khaniwal, Lodhrran, Allipur, Khanpur and
Initially, the Corporation has arranged gunny bags for
packing 800,000 tons of wheat while the sacks for packing
remaining wheat would be purchased next month, he added.
Courtesy: The NATION
He informed that the provincial government in line with the
federal government has devised a strategy to provide 200
bags per farmer at an average of 10 bags per acre for small
and medium growers. The big farmers having land of more than
50 acre would be provided 500 bags each adding that when
these bags would be filled by the growers they would be
provided more bags for the grain packing, he added.
The GM PASSCO said that the bags would be provided after the
land certification of revenue department to ensure
transparency adding that only those farmers would be
entertained who provide the certificate of land. The wheat
harvesting season would start by next month from Sindh
Province, he added.
It may be recalled that this year wheat crop was sown over
8.8m hectare of land in the country to fulfill the domestic
consumption which has fallen by 3.5 per cent as compared to
the last year sowing. Wheat crop was sown over 6.68 million
hectare of land in Punjab, while in the Sindh Province about
1.08 million hectare of land are under wheat crop, he said.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KPK) the wheat crop was sown over
0.73 million hectare and in Baluchistan it was cultivated
over 0.32 million hectare.