Mechanization needed to boost Pakistan’s rice production: WealthPK

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Pakistan can further enhance its rice production and export by encouraging the use of mechanized methods of sowing WealthPK reported on Sunday.

Pakistan is the fourth-largest exporter of rice in the world. It has been using traditional methods of rice cultivation as compared to developed countries that are using modern machines for this purpose.

However, recently Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC) conducted a field demonstration of the rice transplanter machine at the National Agricultural Research Center (NARC) in cooperation with Meskay & Femtee Trading Corporation.

A farmer from Narowal, Hamza Khalid, told WealthPK that using a modernized rice transplanter is beneficial for farmers in many ways. He said traditional methods of planting rice can only grow 70,000 to 80,000 plants per acre. By using a rice planter, the number of plants per acre can be increased up to 120,000, which significantly increases the crop production.

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