ISLAMABAD -- Owing to multiple factors that includes government initiatives to enhance the output of major crops, favorable weather conditions and timely harvesting of seasonal crops, country was expecting to harvest bumper wheat crop of 27 million tons during current season as against the last year's produce of 24.47 million tons.
Every year delay in harvesting of two major cash crops including sugarcane and cotton were attributed to delay in wheat cultivations and decrease in area under crop sowing, but due to timely intervention of the government the sugarcane crushing season has started by the end of November as 12 sugar mills in Sindh and 4 in Punjab have started sugarcane crushing, said Food Security Commissioner in the Ministry of National Food Security and Research Dr Imtiaz Ahmad Gopang.
While talking to reporter here on Wednesday, he said that the other factor in increased sowing was harvesting of cotton due to pest attacks as the farmers harvested the crop and cultivated the wheat to achieve higher out put as substitute and profit maximizer.
The third factor was timely rains across the wheat growing areas, particularly these rains boosted the cultivation of seasonal crop in Potohar Region which was comprising on 10 to 12 percent total land under wheat production, he added.
The Commissioner informed that so far ministry has received the...