The Met office has warned farmers that rainfall following irrigation may leave standing crops like maize, sugarcane and cotton waterlogged. “Rainfall/gusty winds after irrigation cause water logging of standing crops like maize, sugarcane and cotton,” the Met Office said in an advisory issued for farmers. It also cautioned that the pest/viral attacks may hit the sugarcane and other crops in upper parts of the country during and after the expected monsoon rains.
With the onset of monsoon in the first week of July, the farmers should take timely precautionary measures to protect their crops, livestock and other property during the forecast heavy rains. “Farmers are therefore advised to take in time precautionary measures in this regard,” it urged.
According to Met Office advisory, farmers of upcountry should plan irrigating their crops ahead of the expected monsoon rains. “Farmers of rain-fed areas obtaining water through tube wells and irrigated areas in upper parts are advised to schedule the irrigation,” it said.
According to Met Office weather in Punjab to remain overcast with chances of scattered rain/thunder showers over hills in the first week of July while in Sindh mainly dry weather is expected. However light rainfall expected in lower Sindh including Karachi, Thatta and other parts during the first week of July, it added.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it said, heavy falls at isolated places are expected over most of the agricultural plains during the first week of July. The Met Office said weather in Balochistan is expected to remain mainly dry. However, light rainfall expected over coastal areas of the province during the end forecast period, it added. Met Office also predicts mostly cloudy weather with light to moderate rainfall over hills in most parts of Gilgit-Baltistan.
(Source – http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/pakistan-rainfall-may-leave-standing-crop-fields-waterlogged-farmers-warned)