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Plan to conduct off-season survey for whitefly, pinkboll.

FAISALABAD -- Punjab Agriculture Research Board (PARB) Chief Executive Officer Dr Noorul Islam Khan has said that off-season survey for whitefly and pink bollworm in the cotton belt would be initiated to identify its species, seasonal occurrence and host plant ranges.

He was chairing a meeting of whitefly and pink bollworm held at the Department of Entomology, University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) on Saturday.

Entomology Department Chairman Dr Mohammad Jalal Arif, Dr Mansoor Sahi, Dr Dildar Gogi, Dr Mohammad Arshad, Dr Rafique Shahid, Dr Waqas Wakeel, Dr Khawar Ahmad, Dr Dilbar, Dr Faisal Hafeez, Dr Shaheen Aftab, Dr Mohammad Asif and other notable attended the meeting.

Dr Noorul Islam said the PARB had given two projects on management of whitefly and pink boll worth 75 million to the Department of Entomology UAF in which eight agricultural institutions across the province were working collectively for the noble cause.

He also directed the officials concerned to identify plants that work as whitefly and pink bollworm deterrent for the better management in the cotton belt.

He said that modern practices must be promoted and practiced in the fields to fight the attack of different insects on the different crops.

He said that plant protection measures help jack up per hectare yield by the protection of different crops from diseases and pests. He stressed the need for promoting modern trend to fight the insects in the field.

He lauded the Entomology Department for conducting a survey on the directives of the Punjab Government in the cotton belt on pink bollworm and whitefly two years ago.

He said that scientists of the department were working round the clock on the different pests. He said that Center for Excellence on whitefly and pink bollworm would be established at the Entomology Dept, UAF.

Dr Jalal Arif said the projects would help yield improvement, increase in export, decrease in import, improvement in input use efficiency and etc.

In 2015, he said that cotton crops faced the debacle, resulting in 44 percent reduction then. He said that with improved seed and better management of whitefly and pink bollworm would increase the agricultural production by 30 percent that would generate 4 billion dollar to the national economy.

He said that every year due to poor seed, pest attack and diseases were causing the reduction of 8 million bales of cotton.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jan 14, 2018
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