Citrus orchards needed proper irrigation, fertilizers

SARGODHA: Experts from the Citrus Research Institute Sargodha (CRIS) advised the orange growers to properly irrigate their orchards, and use pesticides and fertilizers according to demand of land and trees so that best yield could be received in the next season.

The experts said that pruning process should also be adopted here at all orchards to remove dry branches of trees, adding that pesticides were also needed to avoid diseases attacks. The CRIS aimed to provide assistance to growers for making their orange trees healthy and disease-free.

‘Flowers on trees should be protected accordingly to get good production in the upcoming citrus season while orange waste should also be dumped properly after digging holes,’ they said.

CRIS Director Nawaz Maiken told APP here on Sunday that some orchards had been facing diseases attacks and only proper care could save these orchards. He urged farmers to consult with the CRIS to maintain their orchards and stressed growers to adopt modern techniques to produce export quality products.

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