India urges states to take steps to protect cotton crop

The federal government has aske cotton producing states to take precautionary measures to protect this year’s crop against damage from white flies, which caused huge losses to farmers last year Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.

A government statement said that instructions on the timeframe within which the sowing process should be carried out, the seeds and pesticides to be used and vigil on movement of pests have been given by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare to the states.

“To save all states from this likely menace of white fly, the Agriculture Ministry has taken various preventive measures. Elaborate assessment and analysis has been carried out related to the loss inflicted during the last year,” the statement said.



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