The assistant director agriculture information Naveed Asmat Kohloon said, the recent spell of rain will serve as tonic for crops and orchards in south Punjab. He observed the rain would have positive impact on wheat, sugarcane, maize, vegetables, mango orchards and some other fodder crops.
Due to lack of rain in south Punjab in near past, the region was surrounded by environmental pollution and the dust particles, hovering in the environment, were faced with different issues. The process of photosynthesis had gone affected due to dust on leaves.
The crops were with greater demand of rain. He termed recent rain as vital to infuse new life in agriculture.Similarly, the rain also provided nitrogen to crops. He, however, urged farmers to take care of weeds also because the rain would also grow weeds. Although, rain would improve fruiting to mango orchards but there was also threat of bacterial infection and anthracnose. Black spots could emerge on mango leaves. In case of attack, the farmers should spray 250 gram copper hydroxide by mixing it in water.