A group of researchers comprising 24 cotton scientists have visited over 600 farm fields to examine the performance of different crop varieties being cultivated over the crop producing areas across the country.
During two-weeks long ‘traveling cotton’ seminar, they have also visited the seed outlets of different companies and inspected the quality of seeds in order to ensure availability of certified seed for crop growers, said Cotton Commissioner Dr Khalid Abdullah.
Talking to APP here on Tuesday, he said that the initiative was designed to observe the performance of different cotton seed varieties being cultivated across crop sowing areas.
The other objective of the traveling cotton seminar was to highlight the challenges and issues being faced by the local cotton producer and suggest practical steps for their redressal, he added.
He further informed that the team of 24 scientists were selected from all four provinces, besides the representatives of the provincial agriculture ministries were also part of seminar.
The traveling cotton seminar was started on September 11 from Dera Ismail Khan and so far it had visited different crop fields and research stations located in Punjab Province including Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Multan, Vehari and Rahimyar Khan, he added.
Besides, crop producing areas of Sindh including Ghotki, Tando Jam, Mirpur Khas and Sakrand had also been visited by the traveling seminar and cotton farmers were educated and awarded to take maximum output by minimizing the inputs, he added.
The Cotton Commissioner said that the seminar would be culminated on September 24 at Karachi after visiting the Lesbala cotton producing district of Balochistan. It will compile a report and submit it to the Ministry of Textile Industry suggesting the measures and steps to enhance the cotton crop production in the country for promotion and development of national economy, he added.