Wheat to be sown over 16.8 million acres of land in Punjab

Over 1.68 crore acres of land would be brought under wheat crop during Rabi crop season in wheat growing parts of the Punjab. In Gujranwala division wheat would be cultivated on 25.50 lakh acres of land in six districts of the division. The district wise break-up of wheat cultivation is as in Gujarat 3.78 lakh acres, Mandi Baha-ud-Din 3.54 lakh acres, Sialkot 5.10 lakh acres, Narowal 3.79 lakh acres, Gujranwala 5.59 lakh acres and Hafizabad 3.87 lakh acres.

In order to attain the fixed target of wheat crop, the Agriculture department has finalized necessary arrangements in the Province. The Agriculture department would provide full assistance and guidance to the wheat growers for attaining better output of the crop and enhancing the wheat crop acreage in the Province. Under the programme special attention will be accorded on bringing maximum land under wheat crop for attaining yielding results. The Agriculture department had initiated special training programme for wheat growers for creating awareness about the proportionate use of fertilizers for getting better yield of the crop, natural cultivation techniques and irrigation.

The Agriculture department has initiated "Farmers Training Programme" under which wheat growers 0f 1431 villages of Sialkot district imparted training about latest wheat production techniques, utilization fertiliser and pesticide aimed at attaining maximum per acre wheat yield in four tehsils of the district while Agriculture experts were visiting village to village for creating awareness about obtaining maximum output of the crop.

Special step has also been taken for checking the sale of fake and substandard pesticides and fertiliser in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils of the district and Sialkot district administration has adopted solid measures for ensuring the provision of quality pesticides and fertilizers to the wheat growers in the district sources added.