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Field day cum awareness programme was organized on the HDPS Cotton by DAATTC, Tornala along with KVK, Medak on 21.09.2023 at Chityala (V), Cherial (M) of Siddipet district. The programme was started with welcome address by Sri. Md. Afroz, MAO, Cherial followed by Smt. T. Radhika, ADA-Cherial Division explained the practices followed by the farmers in Cherial division. Later, Sri. J. Vijay, Coordinator briefed about the techniques to be followed in high density cotton cultivation method to all the interested farmers. In this method of sowing with 90×15 cm or 80 × 20 cm spacing between the rows & plants respectively would give 29,630 or 25,000 seedlings per acre for higher yields under rainfed light soil conditions and also the farmers were informed to spray Mepiquat Chloride 1.0 ml per liter of water once in 45 and 60-70 days after sowing as it helps in controlling the vegetative growth of the plant and improves weight of the bolls. In traditional cotton cultivation requires 3-4 pickings and requires more labour but in HDPS cotton cultivation requires single time cotton picking and less labour and the crop will be harvested during the month of November-December which helps to reduce the Pink Boll Worm incidence. Further, Dr. Ch. Pallavi, Scientist (CP) explained about fertilizer schedule to be followed in cotton and paddy. Dr. Ravi, SMS (Entomology) discussed about the IPM practices in paddy & cotton. Dr. Prathap, SMS (CP) informed about the weed management in cotton. Sri. P. Mounika, AEO, Sri. Narashimha Reddy, Regional Manager, Sri. Praveen Reddy, Sales Manager, Nuziveedu seeds & 85 farmers have attended the programme.

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