CCRI Multan's cotton boll picker machine best to counter pink bollworm, says Dasti.

MULTAN -- Punjab Advisor on Agriculture Sardar Abdul Hayee Dasti heaped praise on cotton boll picker machine developed by Central Cotton Research Institute (CCRI) Multan and declared it the best option to counter pink bollworm threat and get extra production by three maunds per acre.

Witnessing demonstration of boll picker machine accompanying deputy commissioner Muzaffargarh Amjad Shoaib Khan Tareen at an agriculture exhibition organized by agriculture extension department in Muzaffargarh, Dasti underscored the need for utilization of the technology at large scale, says a release issued by CCRI Multan spokesman.

Director CCRI Multan Dr. Zahid Mahmood informed advisor on agriculture that the leftover cotton sticks were the only sources of pink bollworm spread.

He added that after the last picking of cotton, proper disposal of the remains of the crop including unripe and half open cotton bolls attached on the cotton sticks that carry the pest inside can address the problem and application of cotton boll picker manager machine has shown best results in this regard.

Terming it a good news for farming community, Dr. Zahid said farmers' groups can apply this technology the way they do in case of...

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