Farmers advised to remain vigilant from pink bollworm attack on cotton

MULTAN: Agriculture department has advised the farmers to take special care of cotton crop during September and October as it is an ideal season for attack of pink bollworms on the crop.

Assistant Director Information Naveed Asmat Kohloon in a statement issued here said that cotton crop was passing through a critical phase. Farmers should install traps for monitoring of pink bollworms. The farmers should act timely against pink bollworm. It is noticed that some farmers used pesticides as precautionary measure, which is not right time.

He suggested that farmers should ensure spray when the crops reached at level of economic losses. If spray done as precautionary stage, in such condition, this sort of spray not only enhances emergence of white flies but also create resistance among these pests.

Naveed proposed farmers to ensure pest scouting before spray from an agricultural expert. The farmers should follow the recommendations of local agriculture department experts for new chemistry of pesticides.