By admin       2018-07-27

A team of Agriculture Department officials led by Joint Director Dr Parminder Singh on Thursday visited various villages in the district to take stock of the cotton crop. The joint director also held a meeting with department officials in the morning and asked them to keep a close watch on the cotton crop so that the state records a good yield this year too. The department officials subsequently visited cotton fields in Naruana and Behman Diwana villages, apart from visiting the government seed farm at Talwandi Sabo. They asked the farmers to remain in constant touch with the department while also following the PAU guidelines regarding spraying insecticides. Chief agriculture officer Gurditta Singh Sidhu said they had organised almost 900 camps in the district since March to impart technical knowhow to the farmers. Besides, facilitating quality pesticides, they have collected 182 samples of pesticides and 58 of fertilizers. He said they were also carrying out pest surveillance in villages twice a week, on the basis of which they were issuing advisory to the farmers. He said the cotton crop was fine as of now and there were no reports of any disease. Sidhu added that they were expecting a yield of 860 kg per hectare as against the yield of 843 kg per hectare last year.

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