The IRSA is releasing 1,53,000 cusecs water in the irrigation canal network for hydel power and irrigation purposes. Punjab Irrigation officials said that there is still 1.242 MAF water left in the reservoirs (Tarbela 0.441 MAF in Tarbela, 0.649 MAF in Mangla and 0.152 MAF in Chashma Barrage) which would be used for sowing the Kharif crops next month.
Meanwhile Director General Punjab Agriculture Extension Services Dr Anjum |Ali has said that more rains in the plains of Punjab would damage the Rabi crops including wheat, grams, mustard, oil seeds etc as the crops are at a critical stage of their maturity.
He said that the crops needed hot weather to ripen, for harvesting in the middle of next month, otherwise the yearly cropping circle would be disturbed. He did not agree with the report of the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SPARCO) that Pakistan would be harvesting a record wheat production of 26 million tons this season. Much depends on the weather during the next two months till the crops are harvested, thrashed and properly stored, he added.
In its daily weather forecast for today (Tuesday) Met office said that mainly dry weather is expected over the rest of the country. However isolated thunderstorms/rain is likely to occur over north-east Balochistan. Also, thunderstorm/rain may occur at one or two places of Malakand, Hazara divisions, Gilgit -Baltistan and Kashmir.