Sunflower cultivation on the decline in Punjab




STAFF REPORT LHR: As sunflower sowing has started in Punjab, the situation appears grim for the crop as it has lost almost 65pc of area to other competitive crops, coming down from 242,000 acres in 2009 to 86,500 acres in 2016.

The drop occurred when officials palanned to double the area during the same period from 242,000 acres to 480,000 acres. The sunflower acreage lost, has gone to wheat and maize, and, to a lesser extent, sugarcane.

The official plan of doubling the acreage

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Sunflower a superlative choice for diet and health




Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) belongs to the family Compositae. Its plant is 5-feet tall and it produces large brilliant yellow flowers and edible seeds. This tall plant earned its name because its flowers resemble the sun and twist on their stems to follow the sun throughout day. While sunflowers are thought to have originated in Mexico and Peru, they are one of the first plants to have ever been cultivated in the United States. They have been used for more than 5,000 years by the

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Sunflower seed powerful nutrient and medical uses for human health




THE SUNFLOWER, Helianthus annuus, belongs to the family Compositae. Many other useful plants belong to the sunflower family such as echinacea, lettuce, marigolds, dandelion, chicory, chrysanthemum peruvianum and thistle. The sunflower plant is 5-20’ tall and it produces large brilliant yellow flowers and edible seeds. The sunflower head with its bright yellow petals radiating from a dark hub of seeds can reach up to 12 inches in diameter. This tall, rangy plant earned its name because

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