Union agriculture minister, Sharad Pawar, has set a difficult task for the country's cotton farmers. He wants cotton producers to increase their yield to 30 quintals per hectare and is confident that the country's economy will change if the target is met.
Speaking at the silver jubilee function of the Maharashtra State Cooperative Cotton Growers’ Federation on Sunday, Pawar said farmers should acquire modern technology to increase the cotton yield.
“We are the second highest cotton producer in the world. We need to produce even more by using less land,” he said.
Pawar said this year the country produced 77 lakh cotton bales, which is more than the last year's total production. Of these, 55 lakh bales will be exported, he added.
Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said the farmers should use good quality seed and BT cotton to increase yield. “Farmers must also learn better management.”
Pawar had a word of advice for the state federation. “The federation did not work sufficiently for cotton processing. In Maharashtra, we don't have processing units in cotton growing areas. Several spinning mills stopped working because of cooperative leadership.”