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Ongoing cold spell dangerous for crops: experts

LAHORE (January 24 2008): Agricultural and weather experts have termed the ongoing cold spell and frost as very dangerous for many crops, such as vegetables, fruits, fodder, mustard and canola. Vice-Chairman Farmers Associates Pakistan (FAP) Hussein Jehanian Gardezi talking to Business Recorder on phone said that this frost spell would have different impact on different crops.

He said impact of frost would be positive for wheat crop that had been watered once, but if the wheat were still in the germination stage then frost would damage it. This spell would also damage mango crop and kinnow, which was nearing to maturity. He also feared that it might also delay the coming Khareef crop resultantly decreasing the per acre yield.

Agri-Forum Pakistan Chairman Muhammad Ibrahim Mughal said the ongoing frost spell could be very dangerous for many crops, such as fodder, vegetables and even mustard and canola. Nevertheless, he claimed that it is not that much dangerous for wheat crop.

He said farmers could overcome this situation to some extent by watering their fields with a very thin layer of water. This thin layer of water would save the crops from frost injury, Ibrahim Mughal added.

However, he said at present canal closure and lengthy load shedding had rendered farmers helpless to adopt any protective measures. He also said presently canals were closed due to annual desilting campaign while load shedding had made impossible to run tube-wells having electricity connections.

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