Rice Crop washed out in Punjab

KARACHI: The heavy rainfall and floods caused by a release of excess water by India into Pakistan’s rivers have completely washed out approximately 10 percent of standing crop of rice in Punjab, Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (Reap) reported on Wednesday.


“Flood water mainly hurt rice crops in Punjab and approximately 10 percent of standing crop has been washed out completely,” said Jawed Ali Ghori, chairman of Reap.


“Reap has shown serious concerns over the damage of rice crop in Pakistan due to the heavy rains and water released by India,” he said.


Particularly, Pakistani basmati rice crops faced a huge loss and people are likely to face a price hike of up to 20 percent in local markets for the rice – which will affect definitely the overall cost and the export of the aromatic rice.


He said floodwater and heavy rains badly bruised the farm fields of Kamoke and Muridke since the water submerged 50 to 56 percent of standing rice crops there. The underwater fields are recorded at 10 to 12 percent in Sialkot, 10 to 15 percent in Narowal, 20 percent in Pasroor, 15 percent in Narang Mandi, five to seven percent in Hafizabad, 15 to 20 percent in Jhang, and 10 to 15 percent in Chiniot.


He urged upon the government to take immediate measures to compensate the deluge-triggered losses and address the aftereffects of grain losses to growers and other stakeholders.


“Every year we have to face such a disastrous situation,” he said, adding, “the government must take preventive measures to stave off the disaster,” he said.


He warned the artificial price hike and chances of basmati rice dumping in Punjab – as a result of crop losses – will mar the rice export industry.

Thursday, September 05, 2013 
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