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Farmers advised to let animals graze in cotton field after last picking.

MULTAN -- Agriculture experts have advised farmers to spread the cotton bolls, that are still not open, exposed before sunshine to obtain maximum lint after the last picking and then allow animals graze to kill Larvae of pink bollworm and get soil enriched by animal waste.

In a release issued by media liaison unit of Punjab agriculture department, experts said that the animals eat the remaining bolls and kill pink bollworm Larvae and the waste left by them enriches soil by increasing organic material and thus reduce the cost of application of chemical fertilizers for the next crop.

The cotton bolls that are still not open should be spread at a place and exposed to the sunlight to get more lint after the last picking.

To use the remains of cotton crop as fuel wood, farmers should cut the cotton sticks and place them in perpendicular position and keep changing their position from time to time and trash it leaves should be destroyed.

The trash collected at the ginning factories is usually utilized by brick kilns as fuel. It should either be sent to brick kilns or buried.

The land vacated by cotton should be ploughed or Rotovator be applied to expose the roots of harvested crop before the sunlight so that Larvae of pink bollworm hidden inside are exposed are killed by sunlight or eaten by birds.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Nov 18, 2016
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