Islamabad, March 28, 2014 (PPI-OT): The High Powered Federal Committee on Agriculture (FCA) meeting for Kharif (2013-14) was held on 28th March, 2014 under the Chairmanship of Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan, Federal Minister for Ministry of National Food Security and Research here in Islamabad.
The meeting had participants from Provincial Agriculture Departments, M/o Finance, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, SUPARCO Indus River System Authority (IRSA), Pakistan Meteorological Department, State Bank of Pakistan, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd (ZTBL), National Fertilizer Development Centre (NFDC) and senior officers of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research.
Chairman, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and heads of Ministry’s/Certification and Registration Department, Department of Plant Protection, Federal Water Management, Pakistan Oilseed Development Board and PASSCO also participated in the meeting.
The Committee reviewed the performance of Rabi crops 2013-14 and considered production plans for Kharif crops 2014-15. The Committee also discussed the position of supply of agricultural inputs for the Kharif Crops 2014-15.
The Committee was informed that wheat production for 2013-14 was estimated at 25.33 million tons from an area of 9.034 million hectares. The Gram 2013-14 production was estimated around 0.468 million tons from an area of 0.976 million hectares.
The production achievements of other crops such as Lentil, Potato, Onion and Oilseeds were also discussed in the meeting. It was recommended that the production of pulses was much less than its potential and, therefore, agricultural departments of the provincial governments should plan to increase their production especially through improvement in agronomical practices and inter-cropping with other crops.
The Committee fixed Sugarcane production target for the 2014-15 at 68.83 million tons from an area of 1.167 million hectares. The rice targets for 2014-15 crop were fixed at an area of 2.786 million hectare and production at 6.81 million tons.
The other crops considered were Maize, Mash, Chillies and Tomatoes. However, the Provincial Representatives of Agriculture Departments emphasized that adequate supply of urea and phosphatic fertilizers during the Kharif should be ensured to achieve targets fixed.
The committee was informed that irrigation water availability position for current Kharif season 2014-15 was estimated at 108.15 Million Acres Feet (MAF). It was summarized that water availability during Kharif 2014-15 would remain satisfactory in view of the present position of the reservoirs and snowfall during the winter season.
The committee was informed that quantity of certified seed for Kharif crops would be available for cotton at around 40%, for rice 81.3%, maize 39.6% while pulses 14.8% of their total requirements. The committee was informed that the availability of urea and DAP would be ensured during Kharif as per their requirements.
The Pesticide availability position during Kharif was reported satisfactory. The representatives of Banks informed that allocations of credit for agriculture had been substantially increased and were 13% higher from previous year.
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