Cotton Crop sowing position 2016 – 17 of Sindh & Punjab – 12:15 PM – May 05, 2016
Cotton growers state that around 55-60% sowing of the cotton crop has been already carried out in lower Sindh including Hyderabad, Matiari, Tando Allahyar, T.M khan, Badin, Tharparkar, Umerkot and areas till Sanghar district.
In Punjab, around 90-95% wheat threshing has been carried out where as only 5-6% of the cotton crop has been sowed till now in lower districts of Punjab including Rahimyar Khan, Rajanpur, D.G.Khan, Muzaffargarh, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Vehari and Lodhran. While in upper Punjab districts land preparation for cotton crop is under progress and it is estimated that sowing in Punjab would be completed by the end of June.
HOT, DRY WEATHER TO PREVAIL – 11:10 AM – June 25, 2016
Widespread rain likely from next week
Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Friday indicated chances of widespread rain over upper parts of the country during the coming week, with onset of Monsoon season. Spokesman of PMD said, “The onset of monsoon is very likely in Pakistan during coming week, most probably on Monday or Tuesday over upper parts of the country”.
Monsoon rains are likely to start from upper parts of the country that will spread towards central and southern parts of the country during the week. During first spell of monsoon, widespread rains with isolated heavy thundershowers accompanied by strong gusty winds are expected in Islamabad, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Kashmir.
While scattered rains and dust-thundershowers are also expected in Sindh and Balochistan during the coming week. The met office has advised the concerned authorities to remain alert during the coming week due to the high probability of isolated heavy downpours which may generate flash flooding in hilly terrain and urban flooding in big cities.
For the next 24 hours, the met office said, hot and dry weather would prevail in most parts of the country. However, light rain-thunderstorm may occur at few places in Mirpurkhas, Sukkur, Quetta, Zhob, Kalat, Dera Ghazi Khan, Multan, Bahawalpur divisions during evening.
Minister expresses satisfaction over wheat procurement drive – 03:00 PM – May 13, 2016
Provincial Minister for Food Bilal Yasin has said that the government is encouraging the private sector for wheat procurement and due to the environment of competition, the cultivators will benefit and get due return of their produce.
He expressed these views while presiding over a meeting of directors of Flour Mills Association at his office on Thursday. Food Director Asif Bilal Lodhi and Flour Mills Association directors Hafiz Ahmed, Mian Riaz and Asim Raza were also present on the occasion. During the meeting the wheat procurement process was reviewed in detail.
The meeting expressed satisfaction over wheat procurement campaign and the facilities provided to farmers at wheat procurement centres. Office-bearers of Flour Mills Association informed the minister that the private sector was with the government in the wheat procurement campaign and would purchase 12 lakh metric tonnes of wheat from all over the province during the ongoing campaign. They said that out of 12 lakh metric tonnes, seven lakh metric tonnes wheat had already been purchased while flour mills were fully active to procure remaining five lakh metric tonnes of wheat.