Hyderabad: The Telangana government has fast-tracked efforts to stamp out the bollworm pest which has been ravaging cotton crops in Telangana. Principal Secretary Agriculture, Parthasarathi has stressed upon this aspect while addressing district collectors here today.

The senior bureaucrat pointed out that cotton crop was going to be cultivated over about 18 lakh hectares this Kharif season. He observed that BT variety of cotton was most affected by this pest in central and south Indian states. This has been a recurring pattern over the past three years, he said.

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The Telangana government has intensified efforts to tackle this menace which is proving to be a serious threat to cotton crops in Maharashtra, AP and Telangana, he said. He also advised officials of the agriculture department to create awareness among farmers with regard to the bollworm pest.