Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU) has been granted two research projects worth Rs 69.5 lakh by the Union ministry of agriculture under technology mission on cotton of the government.
Disclosing this here on Saturday, vice-chancellor KS Khokhar said both the projects were meant to increase the production of cotton.
Khokhar said under one project, work on developing new cotton varieties and hybrids resistant against bacterial leaf blight and cotton leaf curl diseases as well as nematodes through marker assisted breeding technology would be carried out.
The above said diseases had been posing a serious threat to cotton crop in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan, he said.
Depending upon time of infection, cotton leaf curl virus disease alone could harm the cotton crop up to 80%. Similarly, the incidence of nematodes has also been increasing in these parts, Khokhar said.
The project would help in overcoming these problems through the development and cultivation of resistant varieties or hybrids of cotton, he said.
He said under another project, e-kapas network and technology documentation, advisory related to package of practices of cotton crop would be sent through messages to the farmers.
The entire cotton production technology would be documented in the regional language and a documentary film would also be prepared on the cotton production technology for the benefit of the extension workers and officials of the state's agriculture and farmers department, Khokhar said.
The vice-chancellor said both these projects would be implemented by the scientists of cotton section under the guidance of SS Siwach, director of research of the university.