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Transfer of Technolgoy
      
Adoption of recommended package of Agricultural technology is highly important for increasing production of crops, fruits and vegetables. The site specific Technology is being disseminated through efficient communication and by different modes in Multan district such as: -

1. Training of Farmers

During each crop season i.e. Kharif and Rabi each officer has to conduct training of farmers at village level in different phases, with the help of available

Audio-visual aids. Achievements of trainings during 2003-04 and 2004-05 are given as under:

Crop

Phase

Village covered

Farmers Trained

Literature Distributed

        2005-06

Cotton

I

418

7203

3127

II

418

7737

1325

III

418

8194

4873

IV

418

On going

 

Wheat

I

480

9324

6858

II

480

9414

5501

 

2.   DEMONSTRATION PLOTS AND CENTERS

                 Demonstration plots and centers through out the district to display improved and proven technology at farmers field which build up confidence of the farmers on the technology play an important role. Therefore, each Agricultural Officer and Field Assistant lay out one to two plots in his jurisdiction.

3. Establishment of Mango Garden Demonstration Block

In Multan, 60 demonstration blocks of Mango gardens comprising 3 to 5 acres each have been selected for transfer of technology. All operations like Pruning, fertilizer application, pest control; watering and soil sampling were performed by the personals of Agriculture Extension under the supervision of trained Agriculture Officers. Gypsum and Micronutrients were provided by the Department while remaining by the owner. The results of such demonstrations were very much encouraging.

4. Installation of Fruit Fly Traps in Mango Gardens

            Control of mango fruit fly with traps is a safe and successful way. Agriculture Extension Department installed fruit fly traps in five acres mango garden block in 65 Union Councils of Multan district on free of  cost to popularize this technology. Chemical mounted capsule were also given on free of cost.

5. Field Days

        Farmers gathering at demonstration plots play a vital role in bridging the gap between findings of research and performance at the farmer’s field. Therefore, field days were arranged at the demonstration plots in each season

6. Erection of Burjies and Wall Mottos

            Erection and writing of mottos on the mud made burjies also an important method for transfer of technology, which is being done through out the district on all roadsides. More than 200 burjies of equal size have been erected on which slogans are being written according to the crop season for special attention of the farming community.

7. Agricultural Information Centres

          At each markaz Agriculture information centers have been established, where visiting farmers are acquainted with knowledge. At these centers each Agricultural Officer remained present within 13.00 to 15.00 hours daily.

8. Monitoring of Inputs

a) Pesticides

To ensure the quantitative and qualitative supply of pesticides through out the district Multan, monitoring is continuously done through out the year,

b) Fertilizer

To ensure the supply of quality fertilizer throughout district monitoring is being done.

9. Monitoring of Bollworm Population

          Installation of P.B.Ropes to check the intensity of moth catches of pink and American bollworm is very much important. For the purpose P.B.Ropes were installed in 1500 Acre  of cotton fields with cooperation of  private sector on which intensity of arrival are noted twice in a week during cotton season.

10. Pest Scouting of Cotton Crop

Cotton crop is infested by sucking insects and bollworms. By adopting plant protection measures, damage can be minimized. For this purpose, extension wings under takes pest scouting of the cotton crop from 15th July to 15th October to guide the farming community to save their crop by spraying appropriate pesticide at proper time and dose of pesticides recommended for the particular pest.

 
Province Punjab
Location 30.2°′″N, 71.45°′″E
Altitude 710 Feet
Area 3,721km²
Time Zone (GMT +5)
Towns 6 Towns
Population 5 Million
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