AGRICULTURE NEWS

FARMERS WARN OF REDUCTION IN WHEAT PRODUCTION DUE TO FERTILIZER CRISIS

Because of the unavailability of fertilizer for wheat crop in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), the farmers have expressed the fear that grain production will be affected by 40% in the province which is already facing food shortage. The farmers warned that it would also make it difficult for the authorities to control flour rates in the market because of the low local production as the rate of 20 kilo flour bag has already raised by Rs400 to Rs500. Arbab Mohammad Jamil, the head of farmers union Daudzai, said that the farmers were urgently needed fertilizers for wheat crop in September and November but it was not available in the market. He said that it was sold in black due to which it prices was increased manifold. Rizwanullah, head of the farmers’ board, said that the issue is not limited to wheat only as they also could not grow fodder for livestock which will also affecting the milk and meat protection in KP.  He said that low wheat crop will also means low fodder or bhoosa for livestock.