Facilities for Farmers

   

Bio Fertilizer Analysis

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With assistance of highly driven technical excellence, we offer a fine quality Fertilizer Testing Services.  

Beekeeping Training Services 

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Beekeeping plays an extremely beneficial role for the services of mankind by providing honey, an elixir for life and many other products having multifarious uses in the daily life. The role of honeybees in the field of agriculture is also worth mentioning as besides producing honey, these render pollination services for crops, fruits and vegetables especially the oilseeds and fodder.  

Export Protocol for Fruits & Vegetables

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Safety and quality requirements by exporting countries for fresh fruits and vegetables: certification, challenges and opportunities for exporting countries.

 

Fertilizer Analysis

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Application for Registration of Fertilizer Material ia attached  here  

Kitchen Gardening

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Kitchen garden is a device to grow vegetables on a small plot of land. It is delightful hobby and can be pursued at homes. Develop a taste for kitchen gardening and it will stay in your life. Government of Punjab distributing vegetable seeds of Rs. 50 only for Punjab cities its mostly available in nears of Lahore and Faisalabad. Government of Punjab already distributes or sell more than 200,000/- packets for make success kitchen gardening scheme in Punjab.  

GMOs Testing

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The GMO testing service provides the facility of testing the presence or absence of Biotech elements in newly developed crop varieties and to verify the claim regarding presence of the gene, type of protein expressed and level of expression of the gene product included National Coordinated Varietal Trials (NCVT) and on demand testing of samples from public sector, Research organizations and private sector companies.
Genetically Modified (GM) samples are tested for various known events (MON-531, MON1445, MON88913, MON15985, TC1507, MON810, MON89034 and NK603) and frequently utilized GMO Elements (CaMV35S Promoter, NOS Terminator, nptII marker gene) and quantification of Cry proteins of candidate Bt cotton varieties
 
   

Process and Preservation Fruits & Vegetables

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The pulps and juices of mango, orange, apple, peach, guava, strawberry, falsa, lemon and tomato are extracted and preserved for the production of their respective products. These preserved pulps and juices are used to develop quality products like jams, jellies, marmalade, squashes, syrups, drinks, tomato ketchup, sauces and carbonated beverages at affordable prices.  

Plant Protection Advisory Services

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The plant protection advisory services include the services regarding identification of weeds, disease and insect/pest problems and their control.  

Pesticide Formulation Analysis

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The farmer which has doubt about the pesticide or weedicide which he wants to use for his crop, can get analysis of the product. For this purpose, he should visit the PQC Laboratory on the address given below. Copy of NIC and information on Form-8 (available in the Lab.) is required along with sample. The fee for sample testing is Rs.5000 as declared by the Government.

Address:

E-mail: acpesticide@yahoo.com
Phone: 041-9200813
Postal Address:Office of the Agricultural Chemist (Pesticide) Pesticide Quality Control Laboratory
Institute of Soil Chemistry and Environmental Sciences Faisalabad

 

Soil and Water Analysis

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Soil testing is a more rapid and simple way to evaluate the fertility status and optimum requirement of fertilizers for good yield and to identify the specific soil problems which may be eradicated through cultural practices or by the addition of soil amendments. Government of the Punjab established soil and water testing laboratories at district level in March, 1981 in order to meet the needs of the farmers, which are rendering their services to the farmers. Soil samples are collected from farmer’s field on their request and analyzed for physical and chemical characteristics in laboratory at nominal fee. The farmers are advised to improve the soil fertility on the basis of analysis report and to get high yield by applying recommended doses of fertilizers.

Objectives

The main objectives of Soil & Water Testing Laboratory:
  • To suggest measures through soil testing advisory services for the improvement of soil fertility using suitable fertilizers and avoiding extra expenditure
  • To evaluate the fertility status and other physiochemical characteristics of different soils
  • To control the salinity
  • To analyze the sub soil water for the suitability for irrigation purpose
  • To evaluate the fertility status of different soils
  • To render the facilities for each farmers for the analysis of his soil on nominal rates
  • To diagnose the soil problem and advise the farmers for its reclamation through suitable amendments
 

Tunnel Farming

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The Nature has provided diverse agro-climatic environment to Pakistan where every vegetable can grow successfully. Pakistan is producing more than 8 million tons of vegetables annually. The share of the Punjab province is 65% in production. The Punjab province has also diverse agro climatic conditions and almost all the vegetable are being produced in the province. But in the months of December, January and February, the province receives severe cold in the plain areas. Under this situation the production of summer vegetables is not be possible in the province of Punjab therefore these summer vegetable can be grown under protected environment known as vegetable forcing or off-season vegetable production. The Vegetable Research Institute has worked on this issue to overcome this problem by introducing the technique “Plastic Tunnel Technology” since 1985. This technology could be used mainly for three purposes i.e. for raising temperature, protection from wind and heavy rainfall. In Pakistan the plastic tunnel technology is used only for raising the temperature during very cold season.
The purpose for growing off-season vegetables is firstly supplying summer season vegetables 30-45 days earlier than the vegetables grown under normal climatic conditions for the same vegetables and secondly the vegetables are grown under semi-optimum conditions of production exploring maximum production potential, ending up twice to thrice, the production and eventually net income returns. The environmental conditions provided in the tunnels are semi-controlled and the production of vegetables depends upon how efficiently they are controlled viz; temperature, humidity and sunlight.
Off-season Vegetable farming in tunnels is gaining popularity because of low cost and easy usage as compared to sophisticated technology like Hydroponic, Aeroponics and Gel technology. Tunnels are covered with transparent plastic which do not hinder the harvest of sunlight necessary for the plants. The plastic sheet also plays barrier against the cool air in winter; raise the temperature in the tunnels during the day time and protection against the frost in severe cold. To reduce the high humidity and low temperature in the tunnel the plastic sheet can be intensified with perforated plastic sheet especially in walk-in tunnels which helps to maintain temperature not less than 5oC under our environment and reduction in humidity by checking the condensation which is not possible by plain plastic sheet. Yield potential of crops can be maximized by controlling the environmental conditions in tunnel.
Vegetable Research Institute introduced Plastic Tunnel Technology in Pakistan during the year 1985 and determined its production technology according to our local environmental conditions. This technology was introduced in the farming community but a poor response was received till last decade when it began to gain popularity in the farming community and adopted this technology on commercial scale. At present 45, 000 acres of area is being grown under tunnels in Punjab.                
Different modifications were made in the tunnel structures especially in the height of low, walk-in and high tunnels. Similarly the mechanization in the tunnels was also introduced in the form of drip irrigation, fertigation, moving the plastic for aeration mechanically and fixing exhaust fans for aeration in the tunnels. Tunnels structures are made up of wood, plastic pipes, iron pipes, bamboos and angle iron and their cost of installation vary accordingly.

Basic Requirements of Tunnel Farming

  • Infrastructure
  • Proper resources
  • Abundant labor (Technical/Non-Technical)
  • Proper guidance/consultancy
  • Precise information about production and protection technologies
  • Market demands

Optimum Conditions for Vegetables Forcing

In general the vegetables grown in tunnels are hybrids which are highly productive, uniform in size, shape and maturity. These hybrids are highly responsive to fertilizers and other inputs thereby ending in higher yields. There are number of independent variables which contribute for yield which are summarized as follows:
  • Choice of the site
  • Fertility of the soil
  • Water fit for irrigation
  • Proper grade of plastic sheet

For Tunnel White Grade

For Beds Black Grade (Mulches)
  • Proper inputs
  • Quality Seed
  • Fertilizers
  • Chemicals
  • Trained manpower
  • Production technology
  • Timely operations
 

Weedicide Analysis

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The farmer which has doubt about the pesticide or weedicide which he wants to use for his crop, can get analysis of the product. For this purpose, he should visit the PQC Laboratory on the address given below. Copy of NIC and information on Form-8 (available in the Lab.) is required along with sample. The fee for sample testing is Rs.5000 as declared by the Government.

Address

E-mail: acpesticide@yahoo.com
Phone: 041-9200813
Postal Address:Office of the Agricultural Chemist (Pesticide) Pesticide Quality Control LaboratoryInstitute of Soil Chemistry and Environmental Sciences Faisalabad.