The Punjab Agriculture Department (PAD) has advised the cotton growers to ensure eradication of weeds from their fields to increase per acre yield. A spokesman of the department said here on Wednesday that weeds caused wastage of different agricultural resources, water, nutritional ingredients as well as light. The weeds also capture space which leads to decline in per acre yield.
According to a research, weeds causes 13 to 42 percent decline in the cotton production. While if all factors are accounted, pests causes 30 percent decline to cotton crop, diseases 20 percent, miscellaneous factors cause 5 percent while weeds alone can cause 45 percent damage to this important cash crop, the spokesman added.