KARACHI (APP) - President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday advised the Sindh government and the National Fertilizer Corporation (NFC) to provide fertilizer to farmers on top priority in rain affected areas to ensure timely cultivation of Rabi crop. Chairing a meeting on fertilizer requirement for Rabi crop at Bilawal House here, the President said that early supply of fertilizer would enable growers to sow their crops well in time. Provincial ministers Murad Ali Shah, Mir Nadir Khan Magsi, Jam Saifullah Dharejo, Ayaz Soomro, Sharjeel Memon, Secretary to President Malik Asif Hayat, NFC Chairman Khalid Malik, heads of fertilizer companies and senior government officials were also present in the meeting. It may be noted that the President had directed the provincial government and the NFC early this week to provide locally produced fertilizer to farmers as the availability of imported fertilizer would take some more time. President Zardari had also directed to implement Rabi Assistance Plan without further delay in the rain affected areas and the availability of seeds to the farmers be ensured so that sowing of Rabi crop in lower as well as upper Sindh could take place well in time. The Agriculture Department Sindh had proposed a package costing Rs 4.4 billion to be equally footed by the federal and the provincial governments for growers of flood/rain affected districts. Under the package proposed by the Agriculture Department, wheat would be cultivated on an area of 1.100 million acres. Wheat seeds would be provided to the affected farmers at the rate of 50 kgs per acre with one bag of urea weighing 50 kg. The Agriculture Department also informed that the total requirement of wheat would be 55000 metric tons to cover the proposed area. The Sindh Government had already released Rs.1 billion from its share in the first phase. The meeting was informed that initially 25% of the wheat seed equalling to 13,750 metric tons was being provided in the affected districts.