By Our Staff Reporter
LAHORE: The Punjab Agriculture Department (PAD) on Thursday issued an advisory for the all-cotton growers and advised them to complete cultivation of cotton across the province by 31st May 2018.
The Spokesman said the PAD is striving hard to achieve target of cotton sowing on an area of 6 million acre.
Cotton growers are advised to sow cotton seed of approved varieties and department has announced approved varieties for cotton cultivation. Spokesman further said the government has managed to ensure the availability of required quantity of certified cotton seed in the market for commercial cultivation during the forthcoming season and there is no deficiency of quality seed at all.
“Cotton growers are advised to cultivate crop with approved varieties of cotton and advised to use 6 to 8 KG seed per acre which having 75% of growing intensity,” Spokesman appealed.
It is highly recommended to cultivate 10pc area of the total non-BT varieties and this practice will discourage to build up immunity of harmful pests & insects of cotton crop. For cotton cultivation, growers should choose such land which is porous and mange to filter air properly.
This kind of soil is extremely essential for cotton growth as having capacity for the growth of roots of cotton to fully expand internally.
Cotton growers should pay special heed towards removal of weeds in cotton crop as it serves as debris for Whitefly which is responsible for Cotton Leaf Curl Virus (CLCV) attack and Mealybug of cotton.
Spokesman said that under special directives of Secretary Agriculture Muhammad Mahmood is full alert for achieving cotton high production and assisting technically its level best to cotton growers.
Extension and Pest Warning has deputed teams for check & balance of insect threshold attack in Punjab. Also through smart phones equipped with special applications, agriculture department is providing technical assistance to cotton growers.