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Cotton farmers call upon govt to help save crop
Sep '10
Cotton growers fearing a disease attack on the crop following massive rainfall have urged the government to introduce immediate preventive measures to safeguard the crop from any further harm.

Cotton cultivation in Punjab is now in a very critical stage, as the plucking of the cotton boll has begun. This calls for taking immediate precautionary steps to protect the cotton cultivators and the textile sector, Muhammad Akbar Chairman of the Pakistan Cotton Forum (PCF) said.

He apprehended that the cotton crop may get affected by the boll-rotting disease as there has been massive rainfall in some of the regions, and suggested that fungicides be sprinkled on the crops at regular intervals.

According to him, the agriculture department should be very much effective here and should employ proper precautionary measures in the farms.

He suggested that, the agriculture advisory and extension staff should be engaged to work in the flood hit areas to create awareness amongst cotton farmers and to provide them with necessary facilities.

Also that, fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides necessary to combat any disease attack on the crop should be provided to the cotton growers.

He further stated that, employing additional force and efforts is very much necessary for the textile sector at this decisive moment so that it could reap very much clean and dry cotton.

Also he added that, aggressive campaigning should also be done through media to generate awareness amongst farmers regarding the budding challenges they may have to face to save their cotton crop.

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