Experts for promoting quality cotton production to enhance farm incomes

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 2 (APP): International Cotton experts here on Wednesday called for cultivating insect resistent cotton crop varieties to minimize the pest attack on the cash crop for production of quality crops.
This strategy would not only help boost quality crop production but
also help enhance farm income, the experts said while addressing the 75th Plenary meeting of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).
They were of the view that the excessive use of pesticides should be
avoided which is creating environmental hazards.
The event has been organized by the Ministry of Textile Industry which
is being attended by the 400 delegates from 30 members states including Director General ICAC Jose Sethi.
The experts stressed the need for using efficiently all the
agriculture inputs including water, fertilizers and other pesticides
to enhance productivity.
They said that flood irrigation for cotton crop was reducing
the ground water level and available water resources were facing
immense pressure due to increasing population across the glob.
Speaking on the occasion, Cotton Commissioner, Dr. Khalid
Abdullah said that the experts participating in the event shared the
outbreak of cotton diseases including different pests attacks on the
crop.
The experts had shared their experiences to control such
attacks, adding that it would be incorporated in policy making to
control any outbreak in future.
He said that the event had also discussed the different
technology transfer collaborations with different cotton producing
countries, which, he said, would help to enhance the local crop
production.
He said that Pakistan was producing average 700-750 kg cotton
from per hectare which was low as compared to the production of the
regional countries.
He informed that some areas in Sindh province were producing
average 1000 kg per hectares, which indicates that local crop has
potential to achieve the highest crop.
During the Wednesday’s session, the participants recommended
to adopted the them for next year’s (2017) ICAC meeting” as
“Opportunities and Challenges in Technology Transfer.”
In total three topics were discussed for next year’s meeting
including “Future of Biotech Cotton”, “Opportunities and Challenges
for Technology Transfer” and “Reducing the Containment of Cotton.”
However, with the majority’s opinion, the representatives
selected the technology transfer topic for the purpose with the
arguments that it would help transfer of technology and lead to
promote cotton output by small growers.
Meanwhile, talking to Media persons, Cotton Commissioner said
that the conference would pave way for promotion of cotton sector in
the country, which has been facing challenges in the country.
Renowned agriculture experts, Dr. Abid Ayub and Dr. Naveed
also highlighted the importance of the conference, saying that it
would help Pakistani scientists to promote quality cotton production
in the country.
The scientists would now be more informed to devise strategies
to enhance crop production and raise income of small farmers.