LAHORE - The cotton crop damage caused by floods could be minimized if farmers follow recommendations of the agriculture department. A spokesman for the Punjab Agriculture department said on Saturday that plants start fading if water stay in cotton fields for over 48 hours, so farmers should ensure the drainage of water from the fields and nearby water channels. The excess of water weakens the roots of the plants due to which the nourishment of the crop stops. Growers should carry out pest scouting twice a week to control insect attack and use the recommended poisons, he added. He said that farmers should keep picking cotton sown early so that cotton pods could be saved from harmful effects of humidity.