Ministry of Textiles trained more than 4,500 cotton growers

The Ministry of Textile Industry in collaboration with other stakeholders has trained about 4,514 cotton growers in order to enhance the output of major cash crop across the cotton growing areas of the country.

As many as 103 training programmes were conducted across the crop growing belt, besides airing 17 radio programmes and TV shows to create awareness among the farming community, said Dr Khalid Abdullah, Cotton Commissioner.

He said that the farmers were provided training about off-season crop management, pink ball worm pest control and cotton varieties selected for the cultivation. They were also trained in soil preparation to achieve higher per acre yield as well as maximize income by producing the clean cotton.

He further informed that 52 training programmes were organized in Punjab province, where 2,162 farmers were informed about the off-season crop management. Meanwhile, 24 training session was conducted in Sindh and 27 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces respectively to create crop management awareness among the farmers.

Dr Abdullah said that about 1,322 farmers of Sindh Province were provided training about off-season crop management, besides 1,030 farmers from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan was also trained respectively.

Dr Khalid Abdullah said that cotton crop was in good condition in the cotton belt of Punjab and Sindh, and the pest situation was also below the economic threshold level. While talking about the seed cotton prices, he said that the prices remained between Rs 2,800-3300 per 40 kg in domestic markets.


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