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Pests hinder cotton harvest in Spanish Jaen province
Oct '13
The Coordinator of Farmers’ Organizations (COAG) in the Jaen province located in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain, forecasts poor cotton harvest for the next season, owing to the high incidence of pests in the region, and has asked the Central Government and the Board of Andalusia to take necessary steps in order to prevent poor cotton yield in the next season.
According to a statement issued by COAG-Jaen, the delegation of agriculture has also asked the Ministry of Agriculture of Spain to review the Royal Decree 202/2012 because of incidents of phytosanitary exceptionalities, and with regards to specific aid for maintaining the quality of the cotton crop.
The COAG-Jaen secretary Juan Luis Alva recently held a meeting with several technical agricultural organizations of the province and the country, during which it was reflected that cotton campaign for the next season in the province was not on a good start. 
According to the COAG-Jaen, cotton production is expected to decline mainly due to the incidence of pests that have ravaged the crop this year, some of which have proved very resistant despite the phytosanitary treatments applied by the farmers. The forecasts are even more pessimistic owing to the zero maturing cotton obtained in many of the farms in the province.
In light of these situations, the agrarian organization has requested the Ministry of Agriculture in the country to not ask for minimum kilos of cotton production from farmers of the region, as the situation has become worse in many of the farms due to difficulties of collecting the crop, owing to lack of crop maturity, and many farmers in the province would not be able to collect any harvest for the next season.
The organization has also asked the Ministry to review the decree concerning aid provided for maintaining cotton quality based on the quantity of cotton submitted by the farmers, as due to the pest attack suffered by the farmers this year, the production of cotton in the province is very low. The COAG-Jaen has also requested the Ministry to find an alternative solution to the situation not only in the province but also for all production areas in the country before they start facing similar phytosanitary problem.
Under the decree, there are two kinds of aid provided to the farmers, Specific Help and National Program for the Promotion of Quality Cotton. Specific Help requirements are—minimum yield of 1000 kilos/ha under irrigated land and 500 kilos/ha in rain fed land, whereas National Program for the Promotion of Quality Cotton requirements are—cotton impurity content not exceeding 5 percent and moisture content not exceeding 11.5 percent. The assistance is provided depending on the kilos of cotton delivered by the farmers.

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