Wheat sowing to begin from November 1


Multan—Agriculture experts said that wheat sowing would begin in irrigated areas from Nov 1 and advised farmers to clean their seed stock by seed graders. The facility of seed graders is available with the offices of agriculture officers (extension) which farmers can avail free of charge, a release issued by media liaison unit of Punjab Agriculture Department said.
For sowing, farmers should arrange varieties including Sahar-2006, Lasani-2008, Faisalabad-2008, AARI-2001, Aas-2011, Millat-2011, Punjab -2011, NARC-2011, Galaxy-2013, and Ujala- 2016. They, however, cautioned that Sahar-2006, due to its susceptibility to rust, should cover lesser area. Agriculture spokesman Multan said that high-yielding seed varieties were available with the Punjab Seed Corporation and its dealers in abundance.
Farmers should apply healthy seed at the rate of 50 kilogram per acre. Seed should be free from disease and there should be no seeds of weeds in it. Farmers should prepare fallow land by applying plough four to five times, maintaining reasonable intervals so as to kill weeds and prepare soil to absorb nutrients. Lastly, farmers should plough the field once and then apply leveller on soil having lower water retaining capability. However, soil having higher capability to retain water needed two times plough and two times land levelling. Farmers should also treat the seed with some anti-fungus medicine after consulting experts to prevent diseases from hurting production.—APP