DCO Shahid Niaz urged growers to adopt modern technologies to maximize crop production in the district.

He was speaking at a seminar titled “Zero-Tillage Agriculture Technology” held at the farmhouse of Haji Mohammad Hanif Amjad Khan in Chak 92 M here the other day. The seminar was organised by the District Agriculture Department, while the EDO Agriculture chaired the seminar.

A large number of growers from the district attended the seminar.

The DCO stressed the need for developing agriculture sector on modern lines, saying it was essential to achieve better yields.

He said that farmers could get more than double yield and profits by using modern techniques, machinery and certified seeds while cotton growers, in particular, could achieve productivity of 70-80 maunds (40-kg) per acre with the help new hybrid seed varieties and latest farm practices.

Speaking on the occasion, EDO Agriculture Mohammad Akram Pasha said that the zero-tillage technology was introduced in Mexico in 1960 and was soon adopted by growers in Argentina, the US and Canada, greatly increasing their agriculture output. He said that in 1992, the technology was introduced in Punjab.

Institute of Agricultural Research Bahawalpur Chaudhry Ghulam Hussain said “In order to develop agriculture sector we introduced 444 seeds of different crops, meeting the needs of farmers and, subsequently, helping improve their lifestyle,” he said.