Growers are advised to halt irrigation of their crops ahead of the expected heavy rain in agricultural plains of the country, the Meteorological Office said on Thursday. The office in its 10-day advisory for growers forecast a downpour in the plains of the country. It urged the farmers to stop weeds removal sprays and fertiliser intakes in the next 10 days. 

It said weeds are expected to shoot in very excess after the forecast rainy spell. It advised the farmers should step up following the wet spell to control weeds growth. The expected rains are beneficiary for all agricultural plains, especially northern rain-fed and all southern agricultural plains of the country, the office said. 

Farmers of northern Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are advised to take precautionary measures to protect their standing crops from stagnant rainwater in the coming heavy downpours. It said: “Wheat crop is in shooting, Heading, Flowering development stages in most of the agricultural plains of the country.” However, it said, dry and cold weather will prevail in the country. 

Copyright Business Recorder, 2013

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