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Naeem Akhtar Bhaba: White Fly is a precarious Cotton insect who remained active throughout the year

Lahore: Agriculture Minister of Punjab Naeem Akhtar Bhaba explained that White fly and American Cotton Bollworm are quite dangerous insects for crop who remained vigorous during the year. Farmers should adopt concrete measures to control them in order to avoid massive damage. White fly also endured whole year which not only cotton but also damages maize, sorghum, sunflower, losarn, barseem (fodders), cauliflower, raddish, sweet potato, bringal, okra, musk melon, green chilli, spinach, gourd, tomato, onion, peas, potato, lichi, citrus, pomegranate, guava, papaya and various other crops, fruit and vegetables. It also nourishes itself on these crops and badly effect the production. Naeem Akhtar also added that farmers should adopt recommended measures by agriculture department to protect upcoming spring crops. Previous crops, fruit and vegetables’ left overs should have irradiated properly from the field. It is also strongly recommended that in cotton growing areas fodders and vegetables especially okra and bringal should not be cultivated. He also added that weeding is a good practice to clean the field. Agriculture Minister Naeem Akhtar Bhaba also said that farmers should apply recommended insect and pesticide by Agriculture department in order to control insects and weeds from the field.

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