5.7MN ACRE COTTON SOWING TARGET SET FOR PUNJAB

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MULTAN: Provincial Minister for Agriculture Dr Farrukh Javed said that incumbent government was working on war-footing for getting better cotton production.

imageHe said cotton sowing targets for the province have been fixed 5.7 million acre while 9.5 million cotton bales production target have also been set for this year. He said all possible resources would be utilized to achieve the 21.25 maund per acre cotton production and hoped that the growers would also look-after the cotton crop for getting better yielding.

Briefing the media persons at Central Cotton Research Institute (CCRI) on Friday, Minister said they could achieve the set targets if weather condition remained pleasant. He said growers facing problems while our economy also effecting due to climate change and low prices of commodities in the international market from last few years.

He said that Punjab Seed Corporation is working effectively and its seed quality could be checked as KPK province have bought four lac cotton seed bags from it. He said they were struggling hard to explore the international market.

He said consistent presence in the international market was necessary adding that they were reviving agriculture sector.

He said training had been imparted to 7,18751 growers about latest production technology so far.

He said 914 pesticide samples were taken and sent to laboratory from which ten samples were declared substandard while over Rs 2.2 million pesticide have been taken into custody during campaign against fake pesticide and lodged cases against 48 dealers.

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