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
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.