Wheat farmers cautioned about rust disease


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 release issued by the media liaison unit of Punjab agriculture department on Friday.


Rust diseases, in case of finding suitable weather conditions, can also shift to other wheat varieties having no or low resistance against the disease.


The spokesman warned that this disease could reduce per acre production of wheat by upto 50 per cent.

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