Tuesday, 03 July 2012 11:34
ABDUL RASHEED AZAD/FAZAL SHER
ISLAMABAD: The production of major Kharif crops is likely to decline due to shortage of water and non-availability of electricity in the country.
According to senior officials of the Ministry of Food Security and Research Pakistan, during the winter season important crops like paddy, cotton, sugarcane, maize, fodder and pulses were sown.
The country missed the area under crop cultivation target of rice and cotton due to shortage of water and prolonged power load-shedding, which in rural areas peaked at nearly 20 hours a day. The target area under cultivation of cotton was eight million acres, while it was sown at a little over seven million acres. Similarly, the area target of rice was six million acres which was also not achieved, official maintained.
"Two-three bags of urea are used per acre of land. If the quantity of fertilizer used is reduced by just 10 percent, the overall productivity per ...