MULTAN: Provincial Minister for Agriculture Syed Hussain Jahania Gardezi has said that per acre cotton production increased by 21% in Punjab province.
In a statement issued on Monday, the minister observed that the Punjab government‘s pro-agriculture policies and hard work of the farmers were two main reasons behind the increase in per acre production of cotton. During the ongoing season, the average cotton production remained 23.9 maunds per acre. The cotton crop was sown at 3.16 million acres in the province which was 17% less area if compared to last year’s sowing area.
The government launched a pest control campaign which remained highly successful. Integrated Pests Management (IPM) model was introduced which helped in controlling pest pressure, said Minister.
Gardezi added that Punjab Seed Council has also been directed to approve new varieties with fingerprint reports and provide quality seeds to farmers.