The government is likely to provide free seed and fertiliser to help farmers for Rabi season, for as the met office has advised the growers to avail the opportunity for timely sowing the crops. “The government assistance in terms of free seed and fertiliser for Rabi sowing is likely to be launched. Farmers should avail this opportunity to ensure timely sowing of Rabi crops,” said the office in its fresh farmers advisory.
It said farmers should take timely measures to protect their crops and livestock in view of present weather conditions in country. Farmers of the worst rain-hit areas may focus on their efforts to take care of residual surviving plants of cotton and other crops. It said the rice is a resistant crop to surplus water may be the best choice to yield in the prevailing conditions before Rabi sowing.
The office said stagnant water may badly damage standing crops in agricultural lands of Sindh, therefore, accumulated water from fields should be drained out if possible so that the land could be prepared on time for sowing of wheat and other Rabi crops. Mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhunkhwa. However rain/thunderstorm is likely at isolated places of upper parts of Punjab and upper parts of KP by the end of September, the office said. In Sindh and Balochistan, weather is expected to remain mainly hot and dry in most parts of the provinces during the next 10 days.
Weather in Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir is likely to remain mainly dry in their most parts. However, the office forecast, rain/thunderstorm is likely at isolated places of Kashmir during by end of September. Light rain is likely at a few places of Gilgit-Baltistan on September 24, 25 and by the end of September.