By admin       2016-09-16

The Met Office on Thursday asked the farmers of cotton belt to evolve a mechanism to drain out stagnant rainwater from their fields to protect the standing crop from a yield loss. "Mechanism for drainage of stagnant water from fields should be evolved on priority basis and necessary requirement in this regard should be taken," it said, warning the farmers about pest and viral attacks on the cotton and sugarcane crops during the hot and humid monsoon conditions.It said that farmers obtaining water from tube-wells should schedule irrigating their crops keeping in view the expected rainy weather ahead. Farmers should control further weeds growth at the present stages to protect the crops from any negative impacts. "Weeds removing practices should be started soon after expected rains," it said, adding that the farmers should also take timely precautionary measures to protect their crops, livestock and other property from the expected rains.Rain-thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in Upper Punjab including Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Sargodha, and Faisalabad from September 15 onwards. Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in the most parts of Sindh. Rain-thunderstorm is likely at scattered places in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa including Mardan, Malakand, Hazara and Peshawar Division from September 15 onwards. Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of Balochistan with a light rainfall at isolated places in Zhob and Kalat Divisions from September 15. In Gilgit-Baltistan, rain-thunderstorm is expected at its isolated places from September 15. Rain-thunderstorm is expected at isolated places including Muzaffarabad, Kotli, Neelum and Rawalakot over the period.

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