Current Spell Of Monsoon Rains Beneficial For Paddy, Sugarcane, Maize Crops

Current spell of monsoon rains would bring about positive impact on all seasonal crops including oil seeds, cultivated over thousands of hectares across the country to fulfill the domestic food and edible oil requirements and help in their growth and enhance their output.

The spell of rains, which started from Monday and persisted till Thursday would be beneficial for high-delta major seasonal cash crops including rice, sugarcane as well as low-delta crops like maize, cotton and oil seeds, said Director General Tea and High Value Crops Research Institution of the pakistan Agriculture Research Council, Dr Hamid.

Talking to APP on Wednesday, he said that recent rains were a blessing in a guise as they would bring about healthy and positive impact on all crops, fruit and vegetables orchards and would help in high germination and strong growth.

Besides, he said that the blessed showers would help in strengthening the drastically reducing ground water level as well as boosting the water storage in mega water reservoirs as over 35 percent shortfall of water for irrigation was forecast during current season.

Dr Hamid called for taking appropriate measures for water logging from the fields in case of above normal rains to avoid any harmful impact on field farms and urged the need for taking steps on war footings basis to save the precious natural resource to boost agriculture sector of the country.

Meanwhile, Cotton Commissioner in the Ministry of National Food Security and Research Dr Khalid Abdullah also termed the first spell of monsoon rains beneficial for cotton, which is another major cash crop of the season.

He said that water shortage in the country had effected cotton sowing in Sindh Province, where the area under crop sowing was reduced as against the set targets of the season, adding that the rains would help to boost area under crop sowing in the Province.

However, he said that the excessive rains in the cotton belt would be harmful for the crop, adding that the farmers of these areas must be taken appropriate steps for the drainage of stagnant water from the fields .

\He also asked the cotton growers to keep their coordination with the experts of the field extension departments of their respective areas and act upon their advises to avoid any pest attack on the crop to achieve maximum input.