By admin       2016-09-15

After a long time, this year the cotton farmers have a reason to smile as the price of their yield is about to touch Rs 6,000 per quintal.This is despite the reduction in area under cotton in Bathinda and Mansa districts.However, farmers in Mansa district have got the highest rate to date for their yield.Last year, the price of cotton yield went much below the MSP, following which, Diwali turned black for farmers.This year has seen a bumper crop following control of whitefly.In Mansa, farmers have got Rs 5,800 for a quintal of cotton yield while in Bathinda, the farmers have got about Rs 5,750 per quintal.Till Wednesday, about 2,662 quintal of cotton arrived and was procured in Mansa while in Bathinda, 2,436 quintal of cotton produce was procured.On Wednesday, 832 quintals of cotton yield in Mansa and 796 quintals in Bathinda was procured.Bathinda DMO Kuldip Singh Brar said, “The area under cotton reduced this year in Bathinda. We are expecting less than 3 lakh quintals of cotton to reach our grain markets while last year, we got about 4,72,410 quintals.”Mansa District Mandi Board officer Nachattar Singh said, “Last year, about 6 lakh quintals of cotton was procured while this year, we are expecting 6.5 lakh quintals despite the area under cotton reducing this year. The highest price today was Rs 5,750 per quintal and the lowest was Rs 4,590.”Last year, the whitefly damaged almost the entire crop in the cotton belt, including Bathinda, Mansa, Fazilka, Muktsar and other districts.However, the Agriculture Department, adopting the traditional methods to contain whitefly and other pests this year, advised farmers to install sticky yellow traps’ in cotton crop and moong fields and spray neem water to contain whitefly.

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