Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Cotton crop failure worries Pakistani govt
Cotton crop failure worries Pakistani govt
27
May '16
The Pakistani government has expressed concern at the huge decline in cotton crop this year which has eroded the country's GDP growth rate for the financial year 2015-16 by 0.5 per cent.

At a high-powered meeting in Islamabad to review the alarming situation, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar urged the agencies concerned to investigate the reasons for declining crop production and draw a comprehensive road map and co-ordinate efforts for achieving higher production in future.

At the meeting, renowned international cotton expert Neil Foster made a detailed presentation on the cotton production potential of Pakistan. According to Foster Pakistan has the potential to achieve a production level of 20 million bales.

Foster listed five major irritants in realizing the potential of cotton production in Pakistan - seed quality, disease, pests, weed and water.

Urging the government to take necessary steps to remove these irritants, Foster advised the government to put in place a regulatory mechanism and legal framework for seed production and dissemination. Increasing yield was key to achieving higher level of production, he added.

The Finance minister on his part assured implementation and early enactment of the Plant Breeders Rights Act and urged the concerned agencies to formulate further amendments in Seed Act in order to encourage the private sector companies.

He directed the Ministry of National Food Security & Research to revitalize the Directorate of Plant Protection to ensure supply of quality pesticides in cotton growing areas.

He also directed Ministry of Climate Change to strengthen the National Bio-safety Committee and its secretariat. The provincial governments were advised to swiftly implement their plans to constitute 'Pink Bollworm Strike' force well in time to ensure plant protection.

The massive shortfall of cotton has forced Pakistani textile mills to import much of its requirements of cotton from various countries, including India. (SH)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

Must ReadView All

Textiles minister Smriti Irani at a press conference with minister of state for textiles, Ajay Tamta, the principal director general (M&C), PIB, AP Frank Noronha and other dignitaries. Courtesy: PIB

Apparel/Garments | On 23rd May 2017

Special package for knitwear coming soon: Irani

Union textiles minister Smriti Irani said that the government of...

Apparel/Garments | On 23rd May 2017

Apparel, footwear use may rise by 63% in 2030: Report

The apparel and footwear consumption is projected to rise by 63 per...

Apparel/Garments | On 23rd May 2017

Gap Inc earns $3.4 bn in net sales in Q1 FY17

Gap Inc's net sales for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 were...

Interviews View All

Spokesperson
Hugo Boss

'Hugo Boss works with carefully selected sourcing partners'

Ajay Ghariwala
Luthra Group

We are ready to adopt or follow every opportunity

Jurgen Gauger
Spreadshirt

‘Buying crowdsourced or creative designs are much more appealing to the...

Mark Paterson
Technical Absorbents Ltd

Mark Paterson, R&D manager of Technical Absorbents Ltd talks about Super...

Ashok Desai
Bombay Textile Research Association

Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) is a leading name in textile...

Johan Berlin
InvestKonsult Sweden AB

Investkonsult Sweden AB has been buying and selling second-hand textile...

Robert Brunner
Devereux

Golfwear and menswear brand Devereux is set for greener pastures. Robert...

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Sonam & Paras Modi
SVA

Sonam and Paras Modi's Sva Couture is synonymous with head-turning...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

news category


Related Categories:
May 2017

May 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search