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Cultivate different crops on saline land to turn 16.5 mln acre area profitable.

MULTAN -- Agriculture experts have advised farmers to cultivate different crops season by season on saline land to turn 16.5 million acre salt affected area in the country profitable.

In a release issued by media liaison unit of Punjab agriculture department, experts said that agriculture scientists were making efforts all over the world including Pakistan to develop such varieties that can give better yield when sown on salt affected land.

Salt affected area in Pakistan was almost 16.5 million acre including 6.5 million acre in Punjab.

Farmers should select varieties having resistance against salinity.

Cultivation of different crops in different seasons not only maintain land fertility but also keep crops safe from pests and plug chances of land erosion.

Experts said that after giving proper treatment to saline or water logged areas, farmers should first cultivate paddy and then wheat in the next season. Wheat can also be sown after saline land vacated by cotton crop.

Farmers can sow fodder crop traditionally called Jantar after harvest of wheat crop or in the standing wheat crop at the time of last water application. This fodder crop, if buried in the same field before flower stage, improves soil fertility and make it more suitable for crop cultivation.

Experts advised farmers that they should also include some fodder crop in the schedule for cultivation to maintain soil fertility.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Apr 10, 2015
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