All resources should be used to bring 16.5m acres under wheat cultivation

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All resources should be used to bring 16.5 million acres under wheat cultivation in the province of Punjab during this month. In the meeting, Secretary Agriculture Punjab reviewed the status of wheat cultivation and briefed regarding division and district wise that Wheat cultivation in rainfed areas has been 64% completed and the process of wheat cultivation in irrigated areas is in progress.

On this occasion, Secretary Agriculture Punjab directed that the goal of wheat cultivation in rainfed areas should be completed as soon as possible, while in irrigated areas, wheat cultivation process should be accelerated through community mobilization.

He further said that there is a need to accelerate the process of wheat cultivation in paddy areas so that timely cultivation of wheat can be completed on maximum area in Punjab. Secretary Agriculture Punjab directed that the field staff of the Agriculture Extension should perform their duty as a national spirit of timely cultivation of wheat and also guide the farmers in every possible way.

He emphasized that timely cultivation of wheat on maximum area should be ensured through movement and encouragement among the farmers so that the food security situation in the country will become satisfactory.

Secretary Agriculture said farmers in flood-affected areas are being provided free seeds of selected varieties of wheat, while in other areas, 0.9 million bags of certified seeds of selected varieties are being provided at Rs 1,200 per bag and herbicides subsidy.

Apart from this, the support price of wheat has been increased up to Rs. 3000 per 40 kg before the sowing of wheat so that the cultivation of wheat can be made profitable for the farmers.

 

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