Kharif crops: Sugarcane, rice, pulses production swell across Pakistan

Kharif crops

The Federal Committee on Agriculture (FCA) was informed on Thursday that all major Kharif crops, including sugarcane, rice, peanuts, oilseeds and pulses, witnessed significant growth, while the area under cultivation also rose.

The sugarcane production increased by 21.18 percent in Punjab, Balochistan saw an increase of 9.54 percent, in Sindh, it jumped by 0.53 percent while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has an increase of 0.14 percent.

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Federal Committee Agriculture (FCA) was informed that the area under sugarcane cultivation in Punjab increased by 20.68 percent as compared to 2019 while, sugarcane area in Sindh increased by 0.96 percent whereas sugarcane area in KP decreased by 0.8 percent. It makes the overall sugarcane area under cultivation increased by 3.37 percent as compared to the previous year.

Moreover, there has been observed an increase in rice cultivation too, Punjab increased rice cultivation by 20.30 percent as compared to the previous year, the area under rice in Sindh decreased and in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa increased by 0.25 percent and the area under rice in Baluchistan increased by 1.77 percent.

The meeting of the Federal Committee Agriculture (FCA), supervised by the chairmanship of Federal Minister for Food Security and Research, Syed Fakhar Imam reviewed the production of Kharif season crops while the production targets of Rabi season crops were set. The theme of the FCA meeting was “We are planting the seeds of a new agro-economy”.

There was an increase of 20.27 percent in rice production as compared to 2019. Rice production in Sindh decreased by 3.24 percent, rice production in KPK increased by 0.77 percent and rice production in Baluchistan increased by 2 percent.

Whereas, peanut production in the country increased by 57.13 percent while Moong pulse cultivation increased by 22.54 percent as compared to the previous year.

The minimum support price of wheat will be decided next week and fertilizers will be subsidized. Syed Fakhar Imam said that we are in dire need of increasing wheat production.

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