Friday, 04 January 2013 14:55
ISLAMABAD: Wheat crop has been cultivated on over 8 million hectare of land across the country during the current Rabi season to cater to domestic demand and for export purpose.
An official in the Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MinNF&R) told APP here on Friday that wheat sowing in the country during same period of last year was recorded at 8.1 million hectare land.
He further informed that crop sowing across the wheat producing areas of the country was satisfactory due to timely rains in rain-fed areas and cultivation got momentum in arid areas due to increase in wheat support price and availability of other inputs.
In Punjab wheat crop has been cultivated over 5.30 million hectare as compared to 6.30 million hectares of last year showing a decrease of about 1 percent, he added.
However, he said that wheat sowing in Sindh Province was increased by 1 percent as compared to the sowing of the same time last year as about 0.98 million hectare of land has been put under the crop so far as against the 0.97 million hectare of last year.
Meanwhile, other provinces including Balochistan and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa have cultivate wheat over 0.234 million hectare and 1 million hectare respectively, he added.
The official said that last and final figures would be received by the end of next month which would reveal the actual wheat sowing position in the country adding that it is also expected that more acres would come under the crop cultivation as sowing usually continues till the mid of January in some areas in the country.
Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2013