Secretary Agriculture Visits Muzaffargarh, Meets Farmers

South Punjab Agriculture Secretary Saqib Ali Ateel inspected cotton display plots in Muzaffargarh, Jatoi, Alipur during a brief visit paid on Tuesday. He reviewed dried plants of date palms in which temperature was kept at 70 degrees centigrade with the help of a glasshouse. The date palm was dried in the plant for three days. Later, it was packed into a transparent plastic sheet and put into the tunnel for two more days to let it dry further. The Secretary inspected the Maltese orchard cultivated through a drip irrigation system and seven-feet-deep-pond which was constructed in it to store the freshwater of the canal. He appreciated the efforts of Mian Naseem Ahmed Malik Fazal farm and examined the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) block of cotton at Rohilanwali. He met the farmers’ delegation and informed it about the usefulness of IPM technology. According to him, IPM technology was a farmer and environment-friendly method. While visiting Jatoi tehsil, Saqib Ali Ateel inspected Dr. Khalid Bukhari’s organic mango garden in which no pesticides and chemical fertilizers were used but natural fertilizers made from bacteria. Thus, the quality of mango fruit was excellent and unique in taste, he said. He asked farmers to prefer the method of natural control of harmful pests. Agriculture Deputy Director Shaukat Ali Abid, Assistant Directors Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Bhatti, Ali Ijaz, and others were present on the occasion.

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