By admin       2018-07-24

JUL 23RD, 2018 - BAHAWALPUR: The Agriculture Department Punjab has sought applications from cotton growers of 16 districts of Punjab for participation in a competition regarding quality and yield production of cotton crop. The farmer of 16 districts including Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Rahimyar Khan, Lodhran, Khanewal, Vehari, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Rajanpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Sahiwal, Mianwali, Layyah, Bhakar, Jhang and Pakpattan can submit their applications for the competition till July 31. The applications could be obtained from concerned Assistant Directors of Agri Department or could be downloaded from department’s website www.agripunjab.gov.pk. The competitions would be held on district and provincial level and decision of the divisional committee would be considered final. According to details issued by District Agriculture Department Bahawalpur a farmer who cultivated cotton crop on three acres or more than three acres of land can participate in the competition. It is also mandatory for a participant that the cotton seed should be a approved variety and the cotton yield should meet the international standards. Overall prizes of Rs 14 million would be distributed among the farmers. The District Agri officer talking to APP said that this competition would encourage the cotton growers and result in enhanced per acre yield. The department plans to give laser land leveler, tractor trolley, disc harrows among the winners of this competition on provincial level while cotton planters, rotavator and boom sprayers would be given to winners on district level. All the growers including those having personal land, tenants, joint owners and lease holders could participate in this competition. Nevertheless, members of the provincial and national assemblies, senators and their family members, officers’ grade-17 and above and employees of agriculture department are not eligible to take part, he added. He said that modern machinery would not help farmers to increase per acre yield of their crops but also save their time.

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