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CLCV affects major cotton crop in Punjab
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Sep '09
Infestation level of the Cotton Leaf Curl Virus (CLCV) on the cotton crops in Punjab is at 83.10 percent, which would affect the crop production drastically. Last year, the incidence of CLCV in Punjab was 54.34 percent, revealed the data issued by Department of Pest Warning and Quality Control of Pesticides Punjab.

According to the department, the infestation was at highest level since last two years. The occurrence of CLCV has been categorized into three levels such as low, medium and high level, revealed the official data.

A survey reported that 8,852, 1,876 and 384 acres were impacted by low, medium and high level of CLCV respectively during current season 2009-10, whereas, during corresponding period in 2008-09, areas affected by low, medium and high level of the CLCV were 7,990, 426 and 69 acres respectively.

All these figures reveal that in 2009-10, the area under medium and high level category increased by 16.9 and 3.5 percent respectively, when compared with the previous year., The data clearly shows that more areas have fallen under the category of medium and high level.

The cotton crop is in its last stages of growth and development. The crops planted during March and April are being harvested in some areas, while those which were planted during May-June are in growth stages in Punjab while in Sindh picking is in progress.

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