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Pakistan's Punjab province to boost cotton production
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The government in Pakistan's Punjab province is pulling out all the stops to boost cotton production.

Punjab's Agriculture Minister Dr Farrukh Javed said the government was working on a war-footing to ensure a higher cotton output.

At a media briefing in Multan, he said the government has fixed an acreage of 5.7 million acre and set a target of producing 9.5 million bales of cotton 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 care for the cotton crop for getting better yielding.

The Minister said the production targets could be achieved if weather condition remained pleasant.

Punjab province which produces 70 to 80 per cent of Pakistan's cotton had suffered almost 45 per cent crop damage last season due to pest attacks.

Dr Javed told reporters that a massive crackdown against fake and substandard pesticides, seeds and fertilizers was underway in a bid to minimise the threat of pest attacks. (SH)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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