MUZAFFARGARH        -         Different pests have incurred a great loss to cotton also known as “White Gold” in Tehsil Alipur and its suburban areas. Farmers including Fazal Hussain, Malik Khursheed, Jehangir Khan and others told media on Friday that Jassid, Thrips and white fly had badly damaged their crops. They informed that the cotton flowers, bolls and leaves had started falling after drying up alleging that they suffered huge loss due to lethargy and inefficiency of agriculture department. They said that all their efforts for earning good profit from the crop had ended in smoke. When contacted, Deputy Director Agriculture refuted the allegations as baseless. He stated that farmers were exaggerating the situation saying that department teams were working hard in the field of cotton in Alipur.