Cot­ton sci­en­tists urged to de­velop pests, CLCuV re­sis­tant va­ri­eties

Pakistan Observer - - ECONOMY WATCH -

MUL­TAN— Cot­ton Com­mis­sioner and Vice Pres­i­dent Pak­istan Cen­tral Cot­ton Com­mit­tee ( PCCC) Dr Khalid Ab­dul­lah urged agri­cul­ture sci­en­tists to in­tro­duce such cot­ton va­ri­eties hav­ing im­mense re­sis­tance against pests and leaf curl virus. “Cot­ton va­ri­eties should come upto stan­dard of tex­tile sec­tor,” he added. He said this dur­ing in­au­gu­ral meet­ing of agri­cul­ture re­search com­mit­tee on Tues­day.

Cot­ton Com­mis­sioner said, the Com­mit­tee ( PCCC) and dif­fer­ent Re­search in­sti­tutes played im­por­tant role in in­tro­duc­ing new va­ri­eties and strength­en­ing coun­try’s econ­omy. He in­formed that Seed Coun­cils of Pun­jab and Sindh prov­inces had ap­proved their BT and non BT cot­ton va­ri­eties. These va­ri­eties, he said, were de­vel­oped un­der the aus­pices of PCCC. “Sci­en­tists should also work on va­ri­eties which con­sume low wa­ter and in­puts and of­fer more pro­duc­tion,” he said.

De­tailed dis­cus­sion on prepa­ra­tion of soil, fer­til­iz­ers, proper use of wa­ter, Dusky, Red bugs and CLCuV re­sis­tant va­ri­eties was also made. Sec­re­tary PCCC Gul Muham­mad, Di­rec­tor Mar­ket­ing and Eco­nomic Re­search Dr Muham­mad Ali Talpur, and of­fi­cers from dif­fer­ent re­search in­sti­tutes were also present in the meet­ing.— APP

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