Rice to be grown over 2,957 thousand hectares

 
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Islamabad: July 14, 2020 (TNS): Rice crop cultivation targets for Kharif season 2020-21 was fixed at 2,957 thousand hectares in order to produce about 7.999 million tons to fulfill the domestic requirements as well as for export.

Ministry of National Food Security and Research official said that Rice is among major crops of the country which is use as staple food, where as it also contributes in national exports significantly.

He said that rice cultivation target for Punjab Province during current season was set at 1,900 thousand hectares for producing about 4.200 million tons of the commodity.

He said that average per- hectare crop out put in the country was fixed at 2,702 kg, adding that in order to set marks, the government would ensure availability of all inputs including high yielding certified seeds, pesticides and equipping the growers with best management practices.

It may be recalled that local rice production was more then domestic requirements as Pakistan was exporting the surplus rice to different countries of the world and fetched billions of dollars foreign exchange.

During the period from July-May, 2019-20 country earned $2.024 billion by exporting over 3.893 million tons of rice.