Punjab Agriculture Minister Muhammad Naeem Akhtar Bhabha has said that the government is taking measures to provide only certified seeds to farmers in order to enhance quality and production of crops.
Germination of cotton seeds is nearly 60 per cent in the province which is very low. There should be more than 12,000-13,000 cotton plants in a field.
He was addressing a press conference after chairing a meeting of Cotton Crop Management Group (CCMG), here on Monday. The minister said that agriculture sector contributed 50 to 60 per cent to total exports of the country. The Punjab government has set target of cultivating cotton crop over an area of six million acres and production target at 10 million bales.
He said that the government was utilising all possible resources to meet the set targets. Special trainings on the use of the latest agricultural technology was being imparted to 491,105 farmers in the province, added Bhabha. Similarly, literature giving recommendations has also been distributed among farmers.
The minister said that the government had launched a pilot project at a cost of Rs 60 million to keep crops safe from rainwater, especially during monsoon season.—APP