Cotton ginners reject two cotton varieties

STAFF REPORT IBD: The new cotton varieties evolved and approved by the Punjab Seed Council (PSC) have been rejected by the Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) describing them injurious to farmers and harmful to the agriculture sector.
“We appeal to the farmers not to cultivate these varieties in any case and they should resist against forced marketing of those seeds,” PCGA Chairman Amanullah Qureshi, along with Vice Chairman Haji Mukhtar Ahmed Baloch told the media and warned that ginners would not purchase the cotton of these two varieties if anyone sown this seed.
He said that the PSC had approved two newly evolved cotton varieties – FH-114 and BT-121 – under an obligation which has micronaire of merely 5.5 and 5.6 and these are Hi mic varieties which had short staple length, while world is demanding cotton of long staple.
Amanullah said that agricultural science is advancing in the world but our agricultural scientists are moving backward which is point of major concern as our agriculture yield is regularly downing.
He further said that agricultural scientists should evolve new varieties which are acceptable in the world market and they should frame pro-farmers as well as ginners’ policies.

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