Cotton growers are advised to protect their crops from the continuing torrential rains and sort out mechanism to dry out their fields of stagnant rainwater. The Met office in its 10-day advisory warns the farmers of unabated monsoon rains that may bring their standing crops under pest attack and urged them to save their yield from disaster.
It says the farmers of cotton belt should evolve a plan to cope with additional rainwater in their fields to safeguard their crops from unnecessary deluge. In the wake of recent rains, the office says, the pests are likely to damage the standing crops, besides the downpour is giving growth to weeds that may scale back the yield. It advises the farmers for better planning to retain the yield size.
Met department forecasts a continuing spell of monsoon rains during the next 10 days asking the growers to take steps to protect their corps, livestock and other agriculture property. In Punjab, it says, scattered rain, dust-thundershowers with isolated heavy to very heavy falls coupled with gusty winds are expected in upper and central/southern parts of the province during the next 10 days.
Rain dust-thundershowers with isolated heavy to very heavy falls associated with gusty winds are forecast in different parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with occasional gaps during the period, it says. The office predicts also isolated rain, dust-thundershowers with gusty winds for lower Sindh. About Balochistan weather, it says isolated to scattered rain, dust-thundershowers with heavy falls are expected with occasional gaps in the province north-eastern parts.
It says weather in Gilgit-Baltistan is expected to remain mainly dry/partly cloudy with isolated rain. In Kashmir, it says scattered rain-thundershowers with isolated heavy falls associated with strong gusty winds are expected with occasional gaps during the next 10 days. Wind pattern, the office says, will remain normal to gusty in most of the agricultural plains of the country. It says normal temperature is expected in most of the agricultural plains of the country during the period.