Farmers Should Prefer BT Cotton for Agriculture

Agriculture experts here advised the growers to prefer the cultivation of BT Cotton varieties along with a 10 percent area of non-BT cotton crops to save them from pest attacks.

On Saturday, a spokesman of the agriculture extension department said, that the government had set a target of cultivating 200,000 acres with cotton this year and for this purpose, the agriculture department was also providing a subsidy of Rs.1000/- per bag of approved and certified cottonseed and the farmers can purchase cotton seed of approved BT Cotton varieties including IUB-13, MNH-886, BS-15, NIAB-878 and FH-142 along with non-BT varieties for Punjab seed corporation. The farmers must ensure a number of plants range from 15,000 to 17,500 on one acre if the cotton was cultivated from 1st April to 20th April and plant number should be 17,500 to 20,000 if the crop was cultivated from April 21 to May 10.

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