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Fertilizers can increase production of major crops upto 50%.

RAWALPINDI -- Fertilizers can increase production of major crops upto 50 percent, said Vice Chancellor (VC) Barani Agriculture University, Rawalpindi Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmed on Wednesday.

During a media briefing here about the models for correct prediction of fertilizer doses developed by University of Agriculture, Faisalabad he said the models had been developed under a project initiated with the help of USDA and ICARDA. Principal Investigator Dr. Muhammad Rashid, Director Agricultural Information Punjab M. Rafiq Akhtar was also present at the briefing. Dr Muhammad Rashid, while highlighting the decreased use of phosphatic fertilizer, said in Punjab 80 to 90 percent agriculture lands had become phosphorus deficient, consequently agriculture production had decreased considerably. He said models would enable the farmers to predict fertilizer doses in respective districts in accordance with the desired level of agriculture production.

He said balanced use of nitrogen and phosphorus on five major crops i.e. wheat, rice, cotton, sugarcane and maize on 50 percent area of these crops could give additional income of Rs.260 billion.

Revealing declining trend of use of Phosphorus fertilizer, he said average use of phosphorus fertilizer increased from 26 kg per hectare in 200405 to 41 kg per hectare in 200607 but again came down to 26 kg per hectare in 201112 due to price hike of fertilizer. Resultantly, the ratio of nitrogen to phosphorus widened from 3:1 to 5:1 against the recommended ratio of 2:1, he added.

Dr Muhammad Rashid gave a detailed briefing about fertilizer models. Highlighting importance of the models, he said in view of ever increasing prices of fertilizers these models were highly important as by using these models the farmers could predict correct doses of fertilizers in accordance with the desired production levels.

Models provide an opportunity to the growers to obtain yield according to their resources, he said adding that more information about these models could be obtained from website www.fertilizeruaf.pk .

Director Agricultural Information, Punjab M. Rafiq Akhtar emphasized the role of media to provide latest information to the farmers based on research results.

He said that Directorate of Agricultural Information is informing the farmers about latest agricultural technology through print and electronic media.

The Directorate has established close contacts with agricultural scientists and research organizations so that latest research developments could be communicated to the farmers at the earliest, he added.

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