Magazine article Economic Review

Bumper Wheat Crop in This Year

Magazine article Economic Review

Bumper Wheat Crop in This Year

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AGRICULTURE

The sugarcane production stood at 50 million during 1996-97 which yielded sugar output of 4 million tonnes. After meeting the domestic demand of around 2.7 million tonnes a huge exportable surplus would be available to the extent of one million tonnes. A bumper wheat crop is likely in Pakistan, thanks to the El Nino phenomenon which has caused frequent rains and heavy snowfall on the mountains this winter.

Sugarcane Production

The sugarcane production stood at 50 million during 1996-97 which yielded sugar output of 4 million tonnes. After meeting the domestic demand of around 2.7 million tonnes a huge exportable surplus would be available to the extent of one million tonnes. The agricultural targets have been fixed as follows:

Targets of Agriculture Production

                1997       1998

Cotton(*)       8.70       10.00
Sugarcane(@)    9.50       51.20
Wheat(@)       16.60       18.70
Potato(@)       0.968       1.35
Rice(@)         4.394       3.39
Maize(@)         -          1.40
Moong(@)        0.10        0.14

* million bales
@ million tonnes

A bumper wheat crop is likely in Pakistan, thanks to the El Nino phenomenon which has caused frequent rains and heavy snowfall on the mountains this winter, says the agriculture experts. Attributed to abnormal warming of sea-surface temperature in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of South America, El Nino is believed to have benefited Pakistan in two ways; Firstly, by filling our reservoirs at Mangla and Tarbela, which had remained depleted for most of 1997 because of overdraw of water in the last Rabi season.

Ample water is, therefore, available for the Rabi crops in irrigated areas, as reported. Timely rains have also meant that the wheat crop in the Barani areas is also in very good condition. Secondly, the El-Nino factor, by enabling widespread and heavy snowfall on the mountains, has prolonged the cold weather, although it also spelled a lot of discomfiture through fog that blanketed vast areas of Punjab. …

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