Wheat cultivation in Mirpur Khas declines due to non-availability of seed and fertilizer

Mirpur Khas: A record decline in wheat sowing has been recorded this season in Mirpur Khas district due to non-provision of seed and fertilizer by government.

During current season, wheat has been cultivated on only 51,000 acres against 200,000 to 250,000 acres estimated by Agriculture department. The district normally cultivates wheat over 100, 000 acres.

After devastation of crops by torrential rains and flash floods last year, Government had announced providing free seed and fertilizer to growers, but owing to inefficiency of Revenue Department and improper distribution of seed, the wheat could be cultivated on 51,000 acres only.

It may be mentioned that in 1988, the wheat was sown in Mirpur Khas on 75,000 acres despite floods.

Chairman of Farmers’ Organizations’ Council Sindh, Javed Ali Junejo said that due to incompetence of Revenue Department and its corruption, seed could not be distributed by in the district and growers had to sustain losses worth millions of rupees.

He said that Local officials had provided wrong facts and figures to President Asif Ali Zardari.

He said that the Revenue department had filled their big warehouses with seed and fertilizers whereas poor growers were facing hardships in visiting the offices for the seed.

He appealed to President and Prime Minster to take notice of irregularities of Revenue Department in distributing seed and fertilizers among growers so that justice could be provided to flood affected.

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