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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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Dilemma of poultry farmers

The poultry sector is one of the significant segments of the agriculture sector in which about 15 million people are engaged directly and indirectly. At present investment in this sector is around Rs200 billion. This sector has shown an annual growth of 8-10 per cent. But this vibrant growth seems …

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How to control “white fly” in Cotton

Whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporarioru) is no doughty the major threat to cotton not only in Pakistan but in all over the world. It is a sucking insect which mostly suck plant nutrients and feeding in high population may result in stunting plant growth, defoliation, and boll shed and poor yield. Whitefly …

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