Tribune News service

Bathinda, February 7

The Director, Agriculture Department, Punjab, Dr Jasbir Singh Bains convened a meeting with agriculture officers of seven districts — Bathinda, Mansa, Barnala, Moga, Muktsar, Sangrur and Fazilka — here today. During the meeting, the director discussed issues related to the cotton crop such as early sowing, proper and adequate distribution of canal water, sale and use of recommended variety of cotton crop among others.

He said in the cotton crop season, pest surveillance teams would be constituted at district and block levels and the department would make efforts to provide adequate staff for these teams to ensure good yield of cotton crop. Congratulating the officers for the good crop yield last season, Bains directed them to work with dedication this season as well.

He added that the department was fully prepared to provide the farmers with good quality seeds and other inputs for cotton crops and the farmers would not have to face any trouble availing of the same. Terming canal water supply “most important” for the cotton crop, he directed the district agriculture officers to ensure it and also asked them to keep a check on unauthorised sale of substandard cotton seeds brought from Gujarat.

He added that teams might be constituted in all districts to keep a check on the trains coming from and going to Gujarat to curtail the use of cotton seeds from that state. The teams constituted specifically for the cotton season will start functioning from March and will be active till the sowing of the cotton crop to ensure use of recommended variety of seeds and timely detection of pest attack and control of the same. (Source: