ISLAMABAD: A large number of people who belong to villages and working in different cities of the country including Rawalpindi and Islamabad have moved back to their native villages to help their families in wheat crop harvesting and threshing.
According to a survey conducted by this scribe reveals that Ghulam Akbar, a resident of Muzaffargarh who was working here in Islamabad as a mason told him via telephone that harvesting, threshing of wheat was at its peak and there were chances of an early close of this season.
He said as the season of wheat harvesting comes near every one belonging to agricultural areas prefer to go back from cities to help their families in harvesting and threshing of wheat crop. “I do agreed that we earn a reasonable amount during working in cities as mason or labourer, but our crop ‘wheat’ was important as life item for the survival of our family for the whole year, ”, he said.
He said that wheat harvest is an annual festival for many families, as they arrange their annual wheat stock in this season. A family of three can easily earn up to five maunds of wheat (Rs8, 000) per day, he added.
He claimed that this year production of wheat was wonderful as compared to last years and farmers getting 40 maund to 50 maund per arc which is blessing of Almighty Allah.
He also claimed that farmers in Punjab would earn extra bucks as the Punjab government increased minimum support price for wheat to Rs.1800 from Rs.1400. “This three-to-five-week activity leaves a family with wheat stock for a year and enough cash to sustain for three months, ” Ahsan maintained.
Another resident of Layyah, Shabbir Hussain, a 35-year-old farmer, said they are a family of six who can easily harvest up to two acres a day (10 maunds of wheat per day). “We start harvesting early in the morning around 5 a.m. before taking a break at around 1pm, ” he said. “Our work then resumes at 3pm and continues till 7 p.m.”
Talking to reporter, an official of the agriculture department confirmed that the wheat harvest, threshing and procurement processes were in full swing as gunny bags are being distributed across Punjab.
The government had set target of wheat production at 26.78 million ton for 2020-21, he added.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan Meteorological Department (PDM) has predicted a good news for wheat growing farmers, saying that the weather system is expected to be ‘lovely and suitable’ for crop harvesting across the country.
On the other side as per wheat procurement plan, provincial food department decided to make wheat procurement target flexible considering the market sentiments and may buy up to five million tons of grains during this drive.
The Punjab government has increased the support price of wheat from Rs1, 400 to Rs1, 800.
For the first time in history of Pakistan, the price of wheat was increased by Rs 400 per 40kg in a year.