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RECENT Chinese parachute technology for rice transplantation

LAHORE–Research and Extension wings of Punjab Agriculture Department should lay out experimental demonstration plots to test various aspects of parachute transplanting technology for rice, to assess its suitability under Punjab conditions.

This was stated by Rana Nasim Ahmad, Secretary Agriculture while inaugurating the Chinese parachute technology of rice transplanting at the Rice Research Institute, Kala Shah Kaku, according a Press release issued here on July 12.

The Secretary Agriculture remarked that if all other aspects of the parachute technology developed by the Peoples Republic of China were acceptable to the rice growers, wide-scale adoption of this technology could result in colossal saving of time and labour, and could help achieve greater plant population per acre.

Underscoring its importance he said by ensuring 80,000 plants per acre at transplanting, the per acre yield could be enhanced by 20-25 per cent. With this technology, population of 100,000 plants per acre could easily be obtained, he added. The Secretary also directed the Extension wing to arrange farmers gatherings

during the current season and demonstrate this technology to rice growers. Briefing the Secretary Agriculture, the Chinese representative said this technology has become very popular in China, where at present 80 per cent rice farmers have adopted it. He said to ensure uniform distribution of plants, the transplanting labour should be trained for a few days for vaulting the nursery plants, ensuring equal distance between them.

Meanwhile, the Secretary also chaired a meeting of Rice Crop Working Group and directed the deputy directors of the Agriculture department to inform farmers regarding timely pest control and to motivate them to apply pesticides to the rice crop within 3 to 5 days of transplanting, and zinc sulphate within 10 to 12 days after transplanting. Earlier, Ch Abdul Ghaffar, DG Agriculture Extension informed the meeting that the area under Super Basmati nurseries had increased while that under Basmati 385 had decreased as compared to last year. The area under coarse rice nurseries had also reduced. He said ample quantity of pesticides were available to treat 98 per cent of rice crop during the current season.

Dr Ijaz Ahmad, Director, Pest Warning, showed with the help of graphs, that the hot spots of item borer observed in rice nurseries were 13.36 per cent during the current year as compared to 3.80 per cent hot spots during the last year. However, he added, all the rice nurseries infested with stem borer had been treated with suitable insecticides. The incidence of foot rot disease of rice was also found to be less in nurseries during the current year than last year.The director Lahore Region, Abdul Majid Zafar informed the meeting that the training of rice farmers in agronomic practices had completed in Lahore region, while training in plant protection will commence from July 20.



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