Farming Punjab sets target of 19.2m tonnes of Wheat Production
Lahore—The Punjab government has set a target of 19.2 million tonne wheat production for the year 2011-2012 by bringing 16.8 million acres of land under wheat plough to help meet the rapidly increasing requirement for this staple food grain. Agriculture Minister Punjab,Ahmad Ali Aulakh in an exclusive interview with APP on Friday said that loans on easy terms and conditions to small farmers are being offered at their doorsteps under one window operation to achieve the target.
He said that all out efforts are being made to bring maximum area under wheat crop across the province. He said Agriculture Department on the special directive of the Chief Minister Punjab is implementing a master plan to achieve this target and all available indigenous resources are being exploited for this purpose.
He said now the farmers are being motivated through media and field staff to fully ensure the timely sowing of wheat to obtain maximum yield per acre. Hectic efforts are being made to complete the sowing of wheat within stipulated period. He said the provision of certified and quality seed is a basic requirement for all crops and Punjab Seed Corporation will continue to supply seed to farmers.
Ahmad Ali Aulakh said availability of fertilizers (Phosphatic and Nitrogenous) was also being fully ensured to all farmers. He hoped that production target will be met through proper crop management and plant protection.
He said under plant protection programme,seeds have been treated before sowing with confider/pestidor and steps have also been taken at tahsil level to check adulteration. He said that plant protection measures will be taken according to the pest and disease situation by adopting integrated pest management approach.
When contacted Secretary Agriculture Punjab Arif Nadeem said that availability of canal water for irrigation is another important factor for timely sowing of wheat,proper tillage and application of fertilizers. The Irrigation Department has been accordingly asked to fully ensure the sanctioned water discharge for each outlet including the tails is made available, he added. He said weeds cause damage to wheat crops considerably. A campaign would be launched for weed control by motivating the farmers to adopt both culturable and chemical methods.
He said efforts will also be made to bring as much as possible culturable waste land lying in different parts of the province especially the Riverine areas for increasing wheat production through horizontal expansion of acreage.
Source:- Pakistan Observer