Federal Government Sets Production Targets for Rabi Season 2023-24

Web DeskOctober 12, 2023
Federal Government Sets Production Targets for Rabi Season 2023-24

The Federal Committee on Agriculture (FCA) convened to review the bumper production of major crops and set targets for the upcoming Rabi Season 2023-24. The committee, chaired by Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research, Prof. Dr. Kauser Abdulla Malik, set a wheat production target of 32.12 million tons for an area of 8.9 million hectares.

Additionally, provisional estimates for other crops were provided:

  • 11.5 million bales of cotton
  • 8.64 million tons of rice
  • 143.6 thousand tons of mung beans
  • 5.28 thousand tons of mash
  • 1.36 thousand tons of chilies

The meeting also addressed water and fertilizer availability for the upcoming season and efforts to support farmers.

Water and Fertilizer Availability: For Rabi 2023-24, the IRSA Advisory Committee has anticipated a shortage of water by 15 percent for Punjab & Sindh during the Rabi season. Provinces are allocated 31.66 MAF of water. Prevailing weather conditions are supportive, and the shortage is manageable.

The Metrological Department informed that overall, normal to slightly above normal precipitation is expected in most parts of the country, particularly over northwestern regions. However, slightly below-normal rains are likely over the plains of Punjab and Sindh during the month of October. It is also noted that the temperature may remain above normal in most parts of the country.

The committee was informed that to stabilize the food security situation in the country, the Government is trying its level best to facilitate the farmers by providing inputs at affordable prices on one hand and is also making efforts to ensure the better price of their produce to bridge the gap between the cost of production and output price in favor of farmers.

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has assigned an annual indicative agricultural credit disbursement target of Rs. 2,250 billion for FY 2023-24 to 47 institutions, which is 26.7 percent higher than last year’s disbursement of Rs. 1,776 billion.

Accordingly, during July-August 2023 (FY 2023-24), the agricultural lending institutions disbursed Rs. 326 billion, which is 14.5 percent of the overall annual target and 44 percent higher than the disbursement of Rs. 226 billion made during the same period of last year. The house also informed that during the upcoming Rabi 2023-24 (November – December 2023) supply of urea and DAP is expected to remain stable.

S.M. Tanveer, Minister for Agriculture, Punjab, Asif Rafiq, Minister for Agriculture Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Major General Shahid Nazeer, DG, LIMS attended the meeting. The meeting had participants from Provincial Agriculture Departments, the State Bank of Pakistan, ZTBL, the National Fertilizer Development Center (NFDC), the Pakistan Meteorological Department, the Indus River System Authority and senior officers of the M/O National Food Security & Research participated in the meeting.

Attendees also included Chairman PARC and heads of Ministries/attached departments viz., Agriculture Policy Institute, Federal Seed Certification & Registration Department, Pakistan Oilseed Department, Department of Plant Protection, Federal Water Management Cell and Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation (PASSCO).

 

REVIEW OF KHARIEF CROPS  2022-23 & 2023-24

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Area in “000” Hectare
                                                                                                                                                                                              Production in “000” Tons
Province / Crop  2022-23  2023-24 % Change
  Area Production Area Production Area Production
COTTON  (Production in “000” bales)
Punjab 1485.00 3210.00 1680.00 6958.00 13.13 116.76
Sindh 590.00 1774.00 625.00 3900.00 5.93 119.84
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 2.20 4.00 3.00 5.00 0.00 0.00
Balochistan 70.00 92.00 101.00 650.00 44.29 606.52
Pakistan 2147.20 5080.00 2409.00 11513.00 12.19 126.63
SUGARCANE            
Punjab 938.00 66932.00 800.00 57808.00 -14.71 -13.63
Sindh 289.36 16171.73 281.51 15800.00 -2.71 -2.30
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 90.74 4844.24 91.66 4893.52 1.02 1.02
Balochistan 0.69 33.17 0.71 34.13 2.90 2.89
Pakistan 1318.79 87981.14 1173.88 78535.65 -10.99 -10.74
RICE            
Punjab 2189.00 5070.00 2356.00 5390.00 7.63 6.31
Sindh 603.31 2011.80 792.27 2634.00 31.32 30.93
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 56.67 137.27 58.66 142.09 3.51 3.51
Balochistan 127.00 103.16 147.25 478.70 15.94 364.04
Pakistan 2975.98 7322.23 3354.18 8644.79 12.71 18.06
MAIZE            
Punjab 1244.00 10054.00 1195.00 9371.00 -3.94 -6.79
Sindh 3.07 3.15 4.50 4.23 46.58 34.29
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 468.43 923.78 475.28 937.30 1.46 1.46
Balochistan 4.52 3.18 3.89 4.67 -13.94 46.86
Pakistan 1720.02 10984.11 1678.67 10317.20 -2.40 -6.07
MUNG            
Punjab 193.00 123.82 173.00 130.15 -10.36 5.11
Sindh 13.01 5.44 14.01 5.67 7.69 4.23
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 5.97 3.89 6.07 3.95 1.61 1.60
Balochistan 6.09 1.84 4.92 3.88 -19.21 110.87
Pakistan 218.07 134.99 198.00 143.65 -9.21 6.42
MASH            
Punjab 1.00 0.56 2.00 0.60 100.00 7.51
Sindh 0.02 0.01 0.03 0.02 50.00 100.00
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 0.85 0.79 0.87 0.81 2.83 2.80
Balochistan 4.65 2.88 4.46 3.85 -4.09 33.68
Pakistan 6.52 4.24 7.36 5.28 12.95 24.65
CHILLIES            
Punjab 8.00 22.41 9.00 24.01 12.50 7.13
Sindh 36.19 84.20 35.24 84.34 -2.63 0.17
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 0.45 0.52 0.46 0.53 2.22 2.13
Balochistan 9.90 12.17 10.58 13.20 6.87 8.46
Pakistan 54.54 119.30 55.28 122.08 1.36 2.33

 

 

PROPOSED PRODUCTION PLAN FOR RABI CROPS 2023-24
                                                                                                                                        Area“000”Hect.
                                                                                                                           Production “000”Tons
                                                                                                                                              Yield “kg/ha”
Province / Crop Targets Proposed by
FCA 2023-24
  Area Production Yield
WHEAT      
Punjab 6474.84 25000 3861
Sindh 1200 4000 3333
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 781.03 1600 2049
Balochistan 542.27 1520 2803
Pakistan 8998 32120 3570
GRAM      
Punjab 768.0 322.0 419.3
Sindh 22.0 23.1 1050.0
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 30.0 15.5 516.7
Balochistan 40.0 49.4 1233.8
Pakistan 860.0 410.0 476.7
LENTIL      
Punjab 4.0 3.0 750.0
Sindh 3.5 2.1 600.0
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 4.5 2.9 653.3
Balochistan 2.0 1.5 735.0
Pakistan 14.0 9.5 679.3
POTATO      
Punjab 233.0 6264.3 26885.4
Sindh 0.7 6.8 9750.0
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 2.5 31.8 12726.0
Balochistan 1.9 27.5 14478.9
Pakistan 238.1 6330.5 26587.4
ONION      
Punjab 40.0 600.0 15000.0
Sindh 60.0 911.4 15190.0
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 12.0 242.3 20195.0
Balochistan 40.0 741.1 18527.3
Pakistan 152.0 2494.8 16413.4
TOMATO      
Punjab 9.0 176.0 19555.6
Sindh 30.0 195.0 6499.5
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 3.0 45.5 15155.0
Balochistan 6.0 250.2 41702.5
Pakistan 48.0 666.7 13888.9
Chillies      
Punjab 9.0 16.2 1796.7
Sindh (Kharif only) 17.0 32.6 1914.7
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 1.0 0.2 210.0
Balochistan 5.0 7.8 1554.0
Pakistan 32.0 56.7 1771.9

 

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