| GEO Business|
| Chenab water blockade gives rise to crops’ low output fears|
| Updated at: 1252 PST, Tuesday, September 16, 2008|
LAHORE: Indian blockade of Chenab River water will hit 2.6 million acres of land, which is feared resulting in the 10 percent loss of the production of crops countywide.
Punjab Water Council Liaison, Hamid Malhi told Geo News that the link canal for water supply to Marala and Khanqi Barrage doesn’t exist, which has triggered suspension of water supply to some canals. He said that 70 percent of underground water was not suitable for irrigation. He further said that the insufficient rains and the recent pest attacks gave rise to fears of rice output lagging behind the target. Responding to a question, Hamid Malhi told that the urea fertilizer 50-kilo bag in Punjab was selling at Rs900, while in Sindh due to ripening of paddy its price remained around Rs625.