The Director General Agriculture Extension (DGAE) Hidayatullah Chhajro directed the officers of Agriculture Department for the year of 2013-14 to be in the field and facilitate the growers and to ensure that the targets of the agro-production be achieved. He also directed the officers of plant protection to drive checking campaign against marketing of adulterated fertiliser, substandard pesticides and take action against the defaulters. This he directed while addressing the general meeting with field staff and other officers from whole Sindh held at his office today.
The Director General strictly directed the field staff to work hard to achieve the fix targets of different crops. He said during the current season 2013-14 the target of cotton crop cultivation has been fixed on 650,000 hectors with production of 40 lac bales. Similarly, cultivation of sugar cane on 269,000 hectors, with production of 15,120,000 tonnes, paddy cultivation on 645,000 hectors with 2,060,000 tonnes and added that now it is the responsibility of each officer/official to perform positively to achieve these targets.
He said that in order to ensure qualitative work, surprised visits would be conducted and warned that whosoever found in negligence and absent from field would be taken to task. He also advised the growers to be pro-active and get their due service from the field staff of Agriculture Department and inform him in case of any complaint against them. He also asked the growers to lodge their complaints against marketing of any substandard fertiliser or pesticide so that action could be taken against such violators of law.
The Director General Agriculture also advised the growers for taking care of their crops from the current monsoon season in advance. He said that his management has decided to establish centre in each district to co-ordinate with District Administration and guide the growers accordingly. He also informed that an awareness campaign would also be launched for know-how of the growers so that they can get maximum production from their crops.