MULTAN:- Agriculture experts have advised the farmers to shift onion nursery to the production field within the current month of December for better production.
Farmers should stop water to nursery a few days before shifting to enable it survive amid odd circumstances. However, water should be applied few hours before the shifting to soften the soil so that saplings are uprooted with their roots intact, says a release issued by media liaison unit of Punjab agriculture department on Monday.
For preparation of the production filed, farmers should plough the field in a way to bring deep soil to the upper surface and then ordinary plough be applied two to three times. The field be left empty. Animal waste fertilizers be applied at the rate of 10-12 ton per acre around 45 days before shifting. Urea fertilizers, 20 kilogram per acre, be also mixed in it and water be applied.
Field be then ploughed after it gets wet to soften the soil and be divided into five-marla segments. Onion saplings be planted in rows, separated by 20-25 cm. Plant-to-plant distance be maintained at 10 cm.
First three waters be given to the field while maintaining a duration of seven to eight days. This duration should later be increased gradually. One bag of Ammonium Sulphate or half bag of Urea per acre followed by water be applied a month after nursery shifting.
Another bag of Ammonium Sulphate followed by water be applied at the time of fruit formation.
Hoeing be done twice or thrice within 45 days after shifting to remove weeds for better production.