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Yellow/stripe rust in wheat

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article image Wheat is the major and staple crop in Pakistan. It is cultivated on more than eight million hectares. Major limiting factor to the production of wheat is the diseases caused by fungus, nematodes, bacteria and other A-biotic factors. Wheat yellow rust is present worldwide causing more than 70% losses in wheat. Four major epidemics due to yellow rust were recorded in 1978, 1997-98 and 2005 and caused loses of US 244 million dollars, 33 million dollars and 100 million dollars to the…Read More

Scientists review wheat research at US-funded seminar

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Dozens of Pakistani scientists and agricultural experts at the US-funded Travelling Wheat Seminar reviewed the latest wheat research and shared experiences. The annual seminar, organised by Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), brought together wheat scientists from all over Pakistan to observe and discuss wheat research at the (PARC) wheat research centres. "Wheat scientists are able to…Read More

Wheat farmers cautioned about rust disease

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STAFF REPORT MULTAN: Agriculture experts have advised farmers to closely monitor wheat crop at a delicate growth stage of grain formation and warned them to beware of Aphid attack and Rust disease that had caused reduction in wheat production last year in Punjab. Wheat is a main food crop that meets 75 per cent of the domestic food requirements and experts believe farmers should be vigilant in the crop care to ensure that the country should meet target of 19.5 million tons wheat, says a…Read More

Silicon application can minimize cadmium accumulation in wheat

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article image Si is beneficial in healthy growth and development of plant. Different studies have proved that plant growth significantly increased by Si application. Beneficial effects of Si are prominent when plants subjected to multiple stresses (biotic and abiotic stress). It reduces toxicity of heavy metals, accumulation and uptake in plants. Si makes plant resistant against diseases caused mostly due to fungi and bacteria. It optimises the hormones and enzymatic balance in plants which helps in…Read More

Shelf life extension of wheat flour chapatti through various techniques

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article image GRILLING A pizza has become fashionable but there is at least one traditional product that is tailor made for grill is chapatti. Since no Pakistani meal is complete without accompanying bread with it, unless it’s a rice dish. Bread is served with every single meal three times a day in an average Pakistani home. Fresh breads are cooked with every meal on day to day basis in Pakistan. The variety of bread that is cooked on normal cooking stove is "flat breads". Flat breads are…Read More

Engro trains farmers on advanced rice-wheat farming techniques

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article image STAFF REPORT KHI: The public and private sector agriculture enterprises a apart from focusing on innovation, RandD must also stress on imparting technical trainings at ground level intended for farmers in order to equip them with necessary skills mandatory for adapting technologies in the farms for improving the agriculture yields. Engro Foundation along with Engro Eximp Agri products held a highly informative and enriching System Productivity Innovative Rice Trainings’ project. The…Read More

PAD initiative to distribute free Disease Resistant wheat seeds to growers

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STAFF REPORT FAISALABAD: The Punjab Agriculture Department (PAD) has decided to distribute free of cost wheat seed to 23,838 growers in the province. The Punjab government has allocated an amount of Rs 300 million for this programme. The balloting method will be adapted to enlist the growers who will be provided with the wheat seeds. This was divulged by Senior Official of PAD. He said that each enlisted farmer will be provided with free 200 kilogram seed for cultivation of wheat at area…Read More

PAD initiative to distribute free Disease Resistant wheat seeds to growers

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article image STAFF REPORT FAISALABAD: The Punjab Agriculture Department (PAD) has decided to distribute free of cost wheat seed to 23,838 growers in the province. The Punjab government has allocated an amount of Rs 300 million for this programme. The balloting method will be adapted to enlist the growers who will be provided with the wheat seeds. This was divulged by Senior Official of PAD. He said that each enlisted farmer will be provided with free 200 kilogram seed for cultivation of wheat at area…Read More

Climate variability – a major cause of low yield of Wheat

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article image UNPRECEDENTED VARIABILITY of climate is posing serious threats to crop production in Pakistan. An important example of such problem is unexpected early summer rainfall at harvesting of wheat crop since last few years. During current season, hailstorms were accompanied by torrential rainfalls at different growth stages of wheat for 2-3 times in different regions of the country. During wheat season 2014-15, we are facing 5-10 Mds reduction in grain yield per acre in different regions of…Read More