Rice is one of the major Kharif crop in District Muzaffargarh, however, farmers are familiar with the traditional methods of sowing only where its not possible to maintain plants population and water has to be stored in field for a longer duration of crop season. For the first time in District Muzaffargarh, FAO has introduced the farmers with line sowing techniques and established demonstration plots to show case its benefits. Line sowing allows better control on plants population where distance between plants and rows is uniform and farmers can maintain optimum rice plant population of 80,000 per acre. Furthermore, farmers keep on observing the sprouting rate of plants and after seven days, if any gaps are found in plants germination, that area is refilled with additional plants. In addition to that, FAO has introduced alternate wet and dry method which is a climate smart agriculture practice requiring smaller amount of standing water and resulting in low methane emission and higher soil fertility. Some temporal pictures of the demo plot are show below. Considering the current level of growth of plants, the owner farmer of demonstration site believes that the production will be much more than any previous year and better than any other farmer using traditional sowing and water method.

2018-11-13T19:39:02+00:00