LAHORE    -   Punjab Agriculture Minister Syed Hussain Jahania Gardezi has said that good production of the cotton crop is helpful for strengthening country’s economy. He said this while presiding over a meeting held to review the present condi­tion of cotton crop and future strategy in this regard here on Monday. 

He said that this year cotton was cultivated on more than 3.7 million acres of land and added that recent flash floods damaged cotton on 234,000 acres of land. Better crop man­agement resulted in minimum attack of insects and diseases on the crop, he added.

Gardezi directed the rel­evant authorities to ensure arrangement of best agri­cultural inputs and quality seeds for next cotton crop. He emphasized providing best guidance to growers to obtain good amount of cotton yield. Agriculture South Punjab Sec­retary Saqib Ali, Agriculture Extension Director General Dr Anjum Ali, Agriculture Re­search Director General Mu­hammad Nawaz and others also attended the meeting.