New heat resistant cotton varieties being developed

MULTAN: Central Cotton Research Institute (CCRI) Multan Director Dr Zahid Mahmood said on Thursday that the CCRI scientists were busy in experiments to develop new cotton varieties with capability to survive amid extreme hot weather conditions and water shortage.

He said this while addressing a one-day Farmers Field Day programme organised by the CCRI in cooperation with KANZO-AG here.

Farmers would soon witness such varieties growing in the fields, he said and added the country’s development and agriculture revolution depended on the prosperity of farmers.

He said that cotton was passing through last stages of maturity and urged farmers to ensure picking of clean cotton and adopt proper techniques for its picking, storage and transportation to get premium price.

He said the government was making all-out efforts to make access of farmers easy to modern technology and modern agriculture equipment.

President Kanzo-AG Asif Majeed stressed on better farm management saying that it can result in delivering good cotton yield. Better farm management will help reduce cost of farmers on application of chemicals.

Farmers from Multan, DG Khan, Vehari, Lodhran, and Khanewal attended the programme.