A training programme for growers aimed at how to enhance wheat crop yield was organized by Khushhali Microfinance Bank (KMBL) with agriculture experts at Chah Bhabhay Wali of Kot Chutta, Dera Ghazi Khan, Punjab province.
The prominent agronomist and senior scientific officer at National Coordinated Wheat Program National Agriculture Research Council (NARC) Dr. Sikander Khan Tanveer imparted training to around 150 faremers from around the area, said a statement Saturday. He enlightened the audience with different ways to increase the yield, to make efficient and profitable use of agriculture techniques and products, the effectiveness of new agricultural technology, emphasis on organic farming and rain water harvesting.
Dr. Sikander Khan Tanveer said that wheat is one of Pakistan’s main crops cultivated on an area of about 9.0 million hectares with the production of about 25 million tons. Farmers were trained regarding the use of latest wheat varieties, proper use of seed rate, soil preparation methods, efficient use of fertilizers, weedicides, and application of water at the proper crop growth stages.
Farmers were also given lectures regarding better use of water which can be helpful in saving water on large scale and regarding the adaptation of such management practices which can be helpful in increasing the soil fertility that would also decrease the emission of Green House Gases (GHG) and ultimately can be helpful in environmental protection, he said.
He further mentioned that assistance pertaining to farming and wheat varities is available at National Agricultural Research Center Islamabad, Punjab Seed Corporation & other research centers like Ayub Agricultural Research Center Faisalabad and Regional Agricultural Research Centre Bahawalpur etc.
KMBL Area Manager D.G Khan Mansoor Mirza mentioned that agriculture accounts for a major contribution to Pakistan’s GDP as well as around 40% of Pakistan’s labor force.
“It is for this reason that Khushhali Microfinance Bank wants to use the powerful tool of microfinance to help farmers increase their businesses, GDP and working labor force of the country.—APP