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Rice Cultivation By Seed Priming

  FOR more than half of humanity, rice is the staple diet and is one of the most important cereals in the world. It also occupies an important position in the agro-based economy of Pakistan. Besides meeting the dietary requirements of the people, rice has emerged as a major export …

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Integrated Rice Disease Management

Diseases make plants function improperly and are recognised by their symptoms and associated visible changes caused by the organisms called pathogens. Many species of bacteria, fungus, nematode, virus and mycoplasma-like organisms are responsible for rice diseases. Disorders or abnormalities may also be caused by abiotic factors such as low or …

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Technologies to Improve Rice Yield

  RICE is the country’s second staple, high-valued and major export crop. But there has been a decrease in area and size of the crop in recent years. Lower production especially of Basmati varieties is due to heavy rains in lower Sindh and in Punjab at the time of maturity …

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Direct Seeding Method Popular Among Rice Farmers

The methods of stand establishment can be broadly divided into direct sowing of pre- or un-germinated seeds and transplanting of seedlings. Traditionally, nursery seedlings are raised which are then transplanted in standing water. This traditional transplanting system not only helps in controlling the weeds but also ensures a premium quality …

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Managing Weed in Direct-seeded Rice

TRADITIONALLY farmers transplant rice in puddled soils, as they believe that rice requires more water for better growth and good yield. The other reason is that puddling does not allow emergence of weeds.Weeds are mostly removed from the field manually in traditional method of rice cultivation. But high weed infestation …

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Organic weed control

WEEDS are harmful plants within a crop because they compete for nutrients, water, space, light and significantly reduce crop yield. Weeds also harbour pests and diseases, interfere with harvest operations, and increase the cost of cleaning and drying of the produce. Among 300,000 species of plants on earth about 250 …

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Privatisation of Forests

The community of plants, predominantly of trees, shrubs and herbs, occupying an extensive area of land is called forest. The forests are classified into seven general types recognised from the nine major ecological zones.These general types include: Alpine forests (northern districts of Chitral, Swat, Dir and Kohistan), coniferous forests (Swat, Dir, …

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