Wheat production in Pakistan, Asia’s third-largest producer, is likely at 25.5 million tons in the 2015-16, that will leave the country with a surplus of a few tons that can be exported.
The production is slightly short of the target of 25.45 million tons. Wheat is a staple food in South Asia’s second biggest economy which has a population of over 190 million people. Annual consumption is around 23 million tons.
Production has gradually increased but seasonal floods always pose a risk to assessment. Anything produce below 23 million tons would mean the country will have to export to meet the demand.
The new estimates were discussed at a meeting of the Federal Committee on Agriculture to discuss the Kharif crops.
The production of gram crop was estimated around 306 thousand tons from an area of 944 thousand hectares. The production of potato crop 2015-16 was achieved at 3853.4 thousand tons whereas the production of maize, chillies and masoor were achieved.
The Committee fixed the Sugarcane crop 2016-17 production targets at 67535 thousand tons from an area of 1125 thousand hectares, compared to last year production 65035 thousand tons from an area of 1137 thousand hectares.
The target for Rice crop 2016-17 production was also fixed at 6838 thousand tons from an area of 2794 thousand hectares. The target for Maize crop 2016-17 were fixed at 4607.3 thousand tons and Mung crop 2016-17 production target was fixed at 111.4 thousand tons.
The Committee reviewed irrigation and weather position along with the performance of Rabi crops (2015-16) and production plan for Kharif crops 2016-17.
The availability/supply of Urea and DAP fertilizers was reported to be more than the demand, hence no shortage of fertilizers is expected during Kharif 2016-17.