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Outbreak of Lumpy skin disease

There is an outbreak of a disease in livestock called lymph skin and it is called lump disease in the local language. Lumpy skin is a viral disease that causes sores on the animal’s body and can lead to fever, loss of appetite, decreased milk and meat production, and even death in severe cases. The disease is transmitted by flies, ...

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Mango Plants Irrigation Schedule during the Month of March

Take care of irrigation as soon as growth begins. Irrigation must be applied when dry conditions are observed. During flowering and fruiting in the month of March, irrigate at an interval 2 to 3 weeks, depending on the weather conditions. At the end of March, if the temperature rises above 33 degrees Celsius, irrigation should be applied again. For more ...

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Mango midge attack on mango flowers right after emergence of inflorescence

As soon as the inflorescence emerges in mango trees, the mango midge starts attacking. Due to the infestation of the mango midge, inflorescence is completely damage and on the twigs which it attacks, all the flowers coming out from the respective twig dries up. To examine the presence of mango midge, apply three to four square meter of transparent plastic ...

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Start planting summer vegetables immediately

Farmers should immediately start the cultivation of summer vegetables including bitter gourd, okra, brinjal, tomato, green chili, capsicum, cucumber, etc. Vegetables can be successfully grown from end-February to the end of March. Optimum temperature ranges from 20 to 35 degrees Celsius for the growth of summer vegetables. Soil with good drainage and organic matter is well suited for growing summer ...

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Complete apple grafting by rootstock in March

Gardeners are advised to complete apple grafting process in February and March through small root stocks. Vegetative propagation can be done by grafting. Usually, the young apple seedlings are uprooted in December and planted in the nursery which will be ready for grafting in February and March. Root stock of small apples can also be made by seeds. Cleft grafting ...

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Farmers should take special care during the transplanting of chilies seedlings

Farmers can transplant chili seedlings in February. Chili is an important cash crop of Pakistan which is cultivated in a large area of Punjab and Sindh. The height of seedlings should be 10-12 cm at the time of transplanting. Farmers should irrigate the nursery 2-3 hours before the transfer of the chilies seedlings to prevent roots damage. If the timely ...

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Activation of Punjab Halal development agency

The new Chairman of Punjab Halal Development Agency (Shafqat Rasool Ghuman) had a meeting with Livestock Secretary Punjab (Naveed Haider Shirazi). During the meeting, discussions were held regarding restructuring of administrative affairs of Punjab Halal Meat Sector and Halal Agency. Halal Development Agency has been inactive for a long time. Its job is to trade halal products throughout the province, ...

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Farmers have been advised to avoid setting residues of paddy crops on fire, as it cause environmental degradation and smog as well in the winter

Farmers were in the habit to set on fire remains of paddy crops after its harvesting as they consider it was an easy and cheap way to dispose of residues of crop, but on other hand, their action causes serious damage to organic matters of earth. The smoke of paddy husks also creates air pollution which reciprocally causes smog during winter ...

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Complete sowing of potatoes from 15th September to 20th October

In the plain areas of Punjab, especially during the spring, the number of pests that spread the virus is very high and therefore this crop is not suitable for better yield, while during the autumn crop from October to November. As long as the number of pests is low, the potato yield can be easily increased during this season. Autumn ...

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Neem tree plantation

Neem is a natural soil conditioner that helps improve the quality of soil, there by enhancing the growth of plants and fruits. It not only helps to grow the plants, but also prevents the attack of insects and fungus. Farmers cultivate it in or around the field to protect the crops from different damages. It can be cultivated in every ...

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