MOA To Coordinate Visits To Cotton Farms

Mumbai, Aug 25: | Updated: Aug 26 2002, 05:30am hrs
The Mumbai-based Mill Owners Association (MOA) will work as a nodal agency to coordinate visits of officials from the Maharashtras agricultural department and professors from the agricultural universities in the cotton rich Vidarbha region to provide spot advice to the cotton growers with regard to increasing yield and contain crop loss due to diseases.

The proposed visits would be conducted under the Indian Cotton Mills Federations schemes to enhance cotton both quality and quantity of cotton. "The objective is to take care of the standing crop in the fields and give necessary technical support to the cotton growers so that they take corrective measures like supply of proper manures and fertilisers in the recommended dose and spray required pesticides to arrest the growth of insecticides and weeds," said MOA secretary general VY Tamhane. According to Mr Tamhane, with the revival of the monsoon, hopes of the cotton growers have rekindled for a good crop. In such a situation, practical advise on scientific techniques to tackle various problems in cotton cultivation faced by the growers would certainly go a long way to achieve good results.