Cotton growers are advised to use mechanical boll picker to prevent pink worm from boll
MULTAN: The Central Cotton Research Institute (CCRI) Multan has urged growers to use a mechanical boll picker to keep pink worm from bolling permanently. The CCRI recommended that growers avoid pesticide sprays during the first 60 days of cotton sowing.
Speaking at the one-day Pink Capsule Worm Management Strategy training workshop on Friday, CCRI Director Dr Zahid Mehmood asked growers to use PB strings and pickers mechanical to prevent pink capsule worm.
Special efforts are being made at CCRI Multan to increase cotton production. He said that in combating diseases, pests and various research programs, the use of technology is proving very useful.
He added that this institute is pursuing various research programs to solve the challenges facing farmers and CIRB in all districts of Punjab along with Punjab Agricultural Extension Department and other relevant departments.
He said that through the joint efforts of training programs, Pink Bollworm helps control the infestation, which will lead to improved production. In order to achieve healthy production and for this, various measures are taken.
Addressing attendees, Southern Punjab Additional Secretary of Agriculture for Barakullah Khan told farmers that the services of CCRI agricultural scientists to address the challenges of pink bollworm and other insects are commendable. He further stated in his remarks that farmers should not spray the cotton crop at all for the first 60 days and if spraying is unavoidable in any location, they should immediately contact the officials of the department of l agriculture in Punjab and follow recommendations. He said that cotton is the lifeline of our economy and that we must all work together for its development, âhe said. Dr Rabia Saeed, Head of Entomology Department, CCRI Multan, said the increase in cotton is linked to Pakistan’s prosperity.