ISLAMABAD: A senior official of Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) Saturday warned kitchen gardeners, farmers against the threat posed by frosty weather to their orchards and advised them to adopt precautionary measures in intense cold to avoid damage.
The official told that extreme weather conditions damage vegetable plants, orchards of Chili, mint, tomato, lychee, papaya, lemon, banana, guava mango and others which affect the production of vegetables and quality of fruit.
He said that farmers and kitchen garden owners should remain cautious during December to January particularly and instal a thermometer at a height of five feet that would be sufficient to assess temperature of four hectares area.
He said that growers should instal sticks of some fodder plants around each plant and then cover the structure with polythene or waste of rice plants (Parali).
“Growers should avoid putting husk or polythene around plants without structure of sticks,” he added.
It was a traditional and beneficial way and growers think that cultivating banana or fodder crops around orchards will save plants from frost adding this technique may save the plants from frost but will also consume food and thus leave the plants of orchards weaker.
He said that in case of mango, guava and citrus orchards, growers can control frost by tackling with the help of smoke created by burning husk or grass after pouring used furnace oil around the orchards. To adopt proper techniques against frost, he advised growers that they should also listen to the weather reports aired by Radio daily.