The present soil and atmospheric conditions are suitable for rapid weeds growth and pest attacks on standing crops, as farmers are advised to be vigilant to protect their harvests. Met Office issued farmer advisory asking the farmers to make arrangements against the pest attacks on their crops during the current season. It said the weeds could also damage the health of crops.
As monsoon rains are expected in different parts of the country in the next 10 days, the office urged the growers to take timely measures to protect their crops, livestock and other property. “Farmers of cotton and sugarcane crops of lower areas are advised to irrigate crops as per requirement as dry weather in lower half of the country in the next 10 days,” it said.
Growers of upper half of the country are advised to complete sowing of Kharif crops in time to utilise fully the present soil moisture especially growers of maize crop in rain-fed areas. The office has advised farmers of rain-fed areas, who rely on water from tube wells to schedule the irrigation crops according to the expected weather in coming days.
In Punjab, mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most of the agricultural plains of the province. Whereas, isolated to scattered rain coupled with dust-thundershowers and gusty winds are expected in upper and ccentral parts in next 10 days Weather in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is likely to remain mainly hot and humid in most of the agricultural plains of the province. Whereas, isolated to scattered rain dust-thundershowers with gusty winds is expected in upper parts of the province in the next 10 days.
In Sindh, isolated rain dust-thundershowers with gusty winds is expected in lower parts of the province from July 12 to July 14. Isolated rain dust-thundershowers with gusty winds is expected in Balochistan’s north-eastern parts in the coming days Isolated rain is expected in Gilgit-Baltistan, while isolated to scattered rain-thundershowers with strong gusty winds are expected in Kashmir in next 10 days.