By admin       2018-03-28

Bathinda, March 27:Ahead of the cotton cultivation season 2018, Bathinda Deputy Commissioner Diprava Lakra convened a meeting regarding the campaign being run for the management and destruction of weeds that provide alternate habitat to the whitefly pest affecting cotton crop.Speaking at the meeting, he said for 2018, the government aimed at bringing 1.10 lakh hectares of land under cotton cultivation as compared to 99,000 hectares last year. Similarly, last year the cotton yield per hectare was 850 kg lint, which is now being targeted at 860 kg lint per hectare, he added.He said in order to meet this target, advance preparations were being made for which contribution of each and every department was important. He gave instructions to the departments concerned to follow suit as was being done for the past two years.During the meeting Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Guraditta Singh Sidhu said the campaign to remove weeds was being conducted successfully for the past two years. Under the campaign, every department was uprooting weeds in its areas.ADC (D) Sakshi Sawhney directed the departments concerned to submit their action plan with her office and seek labour under MNREGA for removing weeds. She also directed that a daily progress report regarding weed removal be shared on WhatsApp and through email.

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