By Our Staff Reporter
LAHORE: On special directives of Wasif Khurshid Secretary Agriculture, Punjab department has started campaign for weed eradication from1st to 7th August, 2018. All employees of Agriculture Department is being participated to eradicate noxious weeds.
The Punjab Agriculture Department (PAD) has set up committees at village level to make the forthcoming weed eradication campaign a success.
Today an awareness campaign for public was organized headed by Additional Secretary (Task Force) Benish Fatima Sahi. Director General Agriculture (Ext) Zafaryaab Haider along with other high official participated in it.
The decision to launch a six-day ‘eradicate weeds-increase production’ campaign in the province is a part of off-season management formula. On this occasion Additional Secretary (Task Force) Benish Fatima Sahi has said that main target of all these steps from Government of Punjab is to increase the overall profitability of farmers .This planned campaign which was designed to eradicate the on farm weedsposing serious threats to the profitability of small farmers.
Weeds cause to reduce 40 to 45pc of crop production and contribute to an average loss of 40-75% in overall production. The weeds are harmful inside the field. This On Farm eradication will help the farmers a lot.
Additional Secretary (Task Force) has also said that weeds not only compete with other crops in getting food, water and space but also they are considered best debris places for harmful insects. So, eradication of weed will give farmers a space for better production and even during next cotton season, chances of harmful insect attack will be diminished.
The Punjab Agriculture Department will also launch the awareness campaign for eradication of harmful weeds at its local offices, schools, colleges and public and private places. Seminars will also be arranged besides hanging banners at prominent places.
Proper irrigation of date orchids vital to enhance yield
Date growers advised to irrigate the date orchids as during the month of August, water and other nutritional needs of the plants get high.
A spokesman of the Punjab Agriculture Department said Wednesday that growers must irrigate the date orchids with an interval of 7 to 8 days, keeping in view weather conditions.
Irrigation helps to reduce temperature of the land, which not only boosts the growth of fruit but also improves its quality. Newly planted saplings should be irrigated every second day so that plants remain protected from negative impact of hot weather.