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Federal Minister, MoST Visits Farmer's Day held at Muridke, District Sheikhupura

A farmer day was held on Sunday the 10th April, 2016 at Muridke, Sheikhupura to promote raised-bed and zero tillage cultivation of wheat. Raised-bed wheat trials have been conducted on 4 acres whereas on 1 acre zero tillage techniques have been used. The entire rest farm (70 acres) was under conventional wheat plantation. Around 70 farmers visited the field whereby introductory banners and standees were placed for information in Urdu. The farmers shown interest in the technologies due to visible better health of it's crop. It was revealed by the site farmer namely Mr. Afzaal Butt that wheat on raised-beds has saved almost 40% of irrigation water. They expect significantly better yields of wheat grown under these technologies as compared to the conventionally grown. That's why he is planning to sow rice on beds in the upcoming Kharif season. On the request of PCRWR, Rana Tanveer Hussain, the Federal Minister for Science and Technology graced the occasion. He was briefed by the Chairman, PCRWR about the benefits of the technologies in terms of water saving and better yield. The honorable minister appreciated PCRWR initiatives for the promotion of such simplistic technologies, which have huge potential of water saving if adopted on a larger scale. He therefore advised his administration for writing to the Chief Minister, Punjab for inclusion of bed planters, Pak-seeders and hydroponics in the Production Technologies of the Agriculture Department, Punjab.

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