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Farmers advised pest scouting.

MULTAN -- Agriculture experts have advised farmers to perform pest scouting of cotton crop twice a week pleading that officials have noticed hot spots of pests and bollworms in some parts of cotton zone districts of Punjab.

In a release issued by media liaison unit of Punjab agriculture department, experts said Pest Warning and Quality Control of Pesticides (PCQCP) wing of agriculture department has witnessed some hot spots in cotton rich districts.

In Multan, four hot spots of white fly and eight hot spots of Aphid were reported.

In Khanewal, one hot spot of white fly, three hot spots of Aphid, Thrips (2) and armyworm (2) were witnessed.

In Vehari, one hot spot of white fly and one hot spot of Aphid were reported.

In Lodhran, officials witnessed three hot spots of white fly, Aphid (2), Thrips (2), and armyworm (4) while two hot spots of Aphid were reported from Bahawalpur.

In Bahawalnagar, one hot spot of white fly, Thrips (2), and armyworm (1).

In Rahimyar Khan, three hot spots of Aphid, and two hot spots of armyworm while in Rajanpur one hot spot of Aphid were observed.

Two hot spots of Aphid and one hot spot of Thrips were reported from Layyah.

Two hot spots of white fly were reported from Pakpattan.

Three hot spots of white fly and two Aphid hot spots were

reported from Okara.

The report suggests that the number of hot spots reduced during last few days in some cotton producing districts and no hot spots were witnessed in Muzaffargarh and Sahiwal.

However, agriculture spokesman advised farmers to continue to exercise caution and perform pest scouting twice a week and apply pesticides in consultation with agriculture officials when pest infestation reaches economic threshold level.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jun 30, 2016
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