Wheat sowing completed over 97% areas

ISLAMABAD:Wheat cultivation had been completed over 97.74 percent areas and the crop had been sown over 8,742.29 thousand hectares as against the set target of 8,944.6 thousand hectares for the crop season 2017-18.

According the details Punjab Province had achieved 98.13 percent of its cultivation targets as the crop had been cultivated over 6,512.88 thousand hectares as against the set target of 6637 hectares.

The Sindh has completed crop sowing over 95.18 percent as it had cultivated wheat over 1094.55 thousand hectares as against the set targets of 1169.1 thousand hectares.

Meanwhile, wheat crop sowing in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA areas were completed over 765.6 thousand hectares and about 101 .04 percent targets of crop cultivation had been achieved during this sowing season.

However, wheat sowing in Balochistan was in progress, where as it had achieved 92.32 percent of set targets and crop had been cultivated over 369.26 thousand hectares of land in the province, the meeting was informed.

An official in the Ministry of National Food Security and Research told that wheat sowing in the country has witnessed

an decrease of about 0.117 million hectares as compared the cultivation of same period last year because of surplus wheat stock of last year.

In this regard the provincial government were asked for announcing subsidy schemes for the diversification of cropping pattern and Punjab Government had identified 200,000 acres for cultivation of sunflower and canola, he added.

He said that government would provide Rs 5000 per acre subsidy to small farmers for encouraging small farmers to cultivate alternative crops for making the agri-sector a profitable sector.