From mechanized rice planters we can achieve highest rice production target of 10 million tonnes.
Islamabad(21st June 2021.........):PARC in collaboration with Meskey & Femettee Trading Corporation arranged a field demonstration of Rice Transplanter machine today at NARC. Which was inaugurated by SAPM Food Security & Research, Jamshed Iqbal Cheema and Chairman PARC, Dr. Muhmmad Azeem Khan.
At the occasion, SAPM Food Security & Research, Jamshed Iqbal Cheema said while expressing his views that our government is providing 50% subsidy on farm machinery and seed distribution with the objective to increase per acre paddy yield by 10 mounds for basmati and 20 mounds for non-basmati. The project has been started in 3 provinces (Punjab, KP, Balochistan). During last rice season we distributed 268 machines, nursery raising machines, DSR drills, Mould bold plough and knapsack power sprayers and 652 tons seed of improved varieties among the farmers. Due to these interventions, rice production in the country increases from 7.4 to 8.2 million tons which is a remarkable achievement.
To modernize agriculture and enhance the per acre yield of Rice crop in Pakistan PARC is conducted comprehensive research under 10 components of mega PSDP rice project on “Productivity Enhancement of Rice” That encompasses the areas of plant soil, water, disease, pest, food quality, genetic resources and machinery. By adding the pilot project of Fisheries “Rice Cum Fish Culture” technology, PARC has expanded its project to fisheries sector. From mechanized farming of rice growers can 80,000 to 120,000 thousands plants per acre in one day. By rice transplanters recommended plant population can be obtained easily Hence our farmer can save time and labour cost with high production per acre. This was said by Chairman PARC Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan while talking about the advantages of mechanized farming. Adding about Rice Fish Culture, the Chairman told that the same land and water can be used for both purposes. In many countries of the world, fish is being successfully bred with Rice and farmers are earning extra income by cultivating rice and fish together.