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Business & Finance Print 2024-04-25

Pakistan misses wheat production target

  • Estimated production at 29.69 million tons against set target of 32.2 million for the Rabi Season 2023-2024
Published April 25, 2024

ISLAMABAD: The country has missed the wheat production target as the estimated production of the commodity is 29.69 million tons against the set target of 32.2 million for the Rabi Season 2023-2024 from an area of 9.6 million hectares of land.

According to provincial governments’ reports, shared during the Federal Committee on Agriculture (FCA) meeting presided over by Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R) Rana Tanveer Hussain, wheat production for 2023-24 is estimated at 29.69 million tons from an area of 9.6 million hectares.

The FCA during its previous meeting held in October 2023 fixed a wheat crop production target at 32.2 tons for the Rabi Season 2023-2024 from an area of 9.6 million hectares of land.

According to provincial government estimates, out of 29.6 million tons of estimated production wheat, Punjab will produce 22.6 million tons of wheat, Sindh 4.4 million tons, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 1.4 million tons, and Balochistan 1.3 million tons.

An official said the meeting was informed that though the country missed the fixed wheat production target, but the production of wheat showed an increase of 5.4 per cent over the last year.

The meeting was also informed that onion production for 2023-24 is estimated at 1.92 million tons from an area of 0.122 million hectares, the increase in production is 3.9 per cent, whereas, but area decreased 5.4per cent over the last year.

Similarly, tomato production for 2023-24 is estimated 627,000 tons from an area of 50,000 hectares the increase in production is 3.9 per cent, whereas, the area decreased 0.3 per cent over the last year.

The potato production for 2023-24 is estimated 8.1 million tons from an area of 0.3 million hectares the increase in production is 27.9 per cent. The FCA reviewed the performance of Rabi crops (2023-24) and fixed targets for the Kharif season 2024-25.

The FCA fixed a production target of cotton 10.8 million bales. It also fixed a rice production target of 8.7 million tons from over 3.1 million hectares of land. The FCA also fixed the production target of sugarcane for the year 2024-25 at 76.7 million tons over an area of 1.3 million hectares. The committee fixed maize production target at 9.3 million tons production from an area over 1.5 million hectares of land. The targets of other crops including mung, mash, and chillies were also fixed by FCA.

He said that the meeting was informed that water availability in canals head for Kharif year 2024-25, will remain at 63.61 million acres feet (MAF) as against last year, which was 61.85 MAF.

The senior officials of the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said that from April to June 2024, normal to slightly above normal precipitation is expected in most parts of the country particularly over upper Punjab during the season May to July 2024. Tendency of above normal precipitation is likely to prevail in the months of August and September 2024, they further told the meeting.

The meeting was also attended by the representatives of provincial agriculture departments, IRSA, PMD, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd (ZTBL), National Fertilizer Development Centre (NFDC), Agriculture Policy Institute (API), Federal Seed Certification and Registration Department, Department of Plant Protection (DPP), Federal Water Management, Pakistan Oil Seed Board, Pakistan Agriculture Storage and Services Cooperation, senior official of the MNFS&R, and chairman Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC).

Copyright Business Recorder, 2024

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KU Apr 25, 2024 09:03am
The government of La La land is playing havoc with agriculture, farmers are faced with loss in wheat production as official price Rs. 3900 40kg is not paid but exploiting them with Rs. 3000.
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KU Apr 25, 2024 09:08am
The corrupt forget that given unfeasible wheat price, farmers won't be able to cultivate rice or other summer crops, pushing country towards imports, poverty to is rising among farm community.
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Az_Iz Apr 25, 2024 10:28am
Nothing to worry. Our forex reserves will be 10 billions soon. Any shortage, we can import. Not a big deal.
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Rez malik Apr 25, 2024 11:54am
Very stupid approach to import wheat instead of giving proper price to our farmers. When they will get due price they will produce so much wheat which can bring us out of problem of its import
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Rez malik Apr 25, 2024 11:54am
Very stupid approach to import wheat instead of giving proper price to our farmers. When they will get due price they will produce so much wheat which can bring us out of problem of its import
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Asad Nawab Apr 25, 2024 01:46pm
Wow, those are some impressive production targets set by the FCA for the upcoming Kharif season! Cotton, rice, sugarcane, and maize all have ambitious goals. It's also good to hear that there will be sufficient water availability in the canals. The Pakistan Meteorological Department's forecast for precipitation sounds promising too. It's great to see all the key stakeholders coming together to discuss and plan for a successful agricultural season.
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Ali Apr 25, 2024 04:43pm
@Rez malik, yes, but there can be no kick back or corruption then. Who will feed the establishment? Duh!
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Haider Apr 25, 2024 04:56pm
Importing wheat giving precious dollars to other countries. Instead increase the wheat price at resonable compare of Fertilizer and other necessity of farmers.
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Az_Iz Apr 25, 2024 04:57pm
@Az_Iz, instead of using foreign exchange to import wheat,farmers should be encouraged to grow more profitable crops like rice,depending upon water availability, and use that money to import wheat.
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KU Apr 25, 2024 08:36pm
@Az_Iz , this is not kitchen gardening problem, 180 million people are associated with agriculture, some readings on alternate/profitable crops will do well for your knowledge.
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Salahudin sial Apr 26, 2024 12:38am
Why they are not catching flour mills/private mafiya? They are purchasing at rate of 3200 but they will sell flour equals to government announced value. Is government and mafiya is working together?
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KF Apr 26, 2024 08:18am
These estimation are conducted in offices & on table only last year too much wheat was spoiled in govt. Stocking area. Where is report of spoiled wheat and remaining wheat. Why 1B$ wasted to purchase
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Goraya Apr 26, 2024 10:15am
No commission in local wheat purchases. Imports fill the pockets of lot of people. So production targets are necessary to meet.
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Naseem Apr 26, 2024 10:17am
@Rez malik, then don't shout that inflation is very high
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abdus samad Khan Apr 26, 2024 10:27am
Gas is not available to normal consumers . in big cities .pitty on our bosses sitting and enjoying all the perks . Shame on these poeple at the helm of affairs
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Az_Iz Apr 26, 2024 12:09pm
@Az_Iz , exactly. We can have the highest quality tea imported and the best pet food available on the planet for our pets.
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Az_Iz Apr 26, 2024 12:14pm
@Az_Iz , imported wheat will be of superior quality.
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Az_Iz Apr 26, 2024 04:46pm
@Az_Iz, countries like Pakistan and India, which are ranked high on global hunger index, India being worse than Pakistan, should prioritize domestic production, not import high quality food groups.
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Az_Iz Apr 26, 2024 04:50pm
@KU, Rice production has increased from 3m tons to about 9m tons,without support price from govt.Same goes with corn.Give farmers more leeway to decide,what to grow.
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Az_Iz Apr 26, 2024 05:27pm
@KU, everyone know, when China gave more leeway to farmers, how it transformed the country. Pakistani govt should also step back,from deciding for farmers,what they should do.
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Ahmed Apr 26, 2024 06:24pm
Than why are the farmers crying for the government not to take their commodity on set prices.
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Faisal hayat Apr 26, 2024 06:40pm
could be correct for sindh or southern Punjab..... in central Punjab more than half of wheat fields are awaiting harvest
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Aam Aadmi Apr 26, 2024 07:16pm
One day we hear of bumper wheat crop, on the second day we hear of super bumper crop, and the next day we talk of missing the target. Who is making a fool of whom?
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Khalid Amin Apr 26, 2024 09:44pm
Wheat estimate will be above target as per acre yield is very high due to favourable climatic conditions.
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ZH Hashmi Apr 27, 2024 09:12am
1/2 There is a long list of departments; fed and provincial entities attended the meeting. The chair should have rather must have asked them that what extra they all did to ensure the target is met.
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ZH Hashmi Apr 27, 2024 09:12am
I think we must use Sci & Tech duly supported by some good legislation, augmented by efficient and helpful regulation by so many agencies/department to work as a team and yield even beyond target.
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ZH Hashmi Apr 27, 2024 09:13am
Lets embrace climate change as an opportunity, why not to make a system for storing flash floods in Balochistan and put it in turning Arid Zones into cultivatable Zones ? can we do it ?
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Az_Iz Apr 27, 2024 10:22am
@Az_Iz , exactly we are far better than India and we truly deserve superior quality wheat.
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Malik Azain Apr 27, 2024 10:52am
What is price wheat
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