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Cotton sowing increases by 18pc in Pakistan
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Jul '17
Cotton cultivation during the current sowing season has increased by 18 per cent across the crop growing areas of Pakistan as compared to the sowing during the corresponding period last year. The government has fixed a target to cultivate cotton over 3.11 million hectares during the crop season 2017/18 to meet domestic needs and for export purposes.

The government has fixed a target to cultivate the cotton crop over an area of 3.11 million hectares during the crop season 2017/18 to fulfill the domestic requirements of the commodity, as well as for export purposes, Dr Khalid Abdullah, cotton commissioner in the ministry of textile industry told a news agency.

The crop cultivation targets for Punjab were set at 2.42 million hectares and for Sindh at 0.65 million hectares, he said, according to the agency report. So far, cotton crop has been cultivated over 1.54 million hectares of land in Punjab, whereas the Sindh province had put around 0.299 million hectares of land under the cotton cultivation.

Cotton has been cultivated over 1.84 million hectares across the crop growing areas of the country as against the set target of 3.11 million hectares, he said, according to the report.

Overall, the cotton crop has been cultivated over 59 per cent area of the total targeted areas set for the current sowing season (2017/18). Punjab had achieved 63.5 per cent crop sowing targets set for the current season, whereas Sindh was able to achieve 46 per cent area of the total cultivable land, he added.

Abdullah said that cotton cultivation had witnessed 31.5 per cent increase in Punjab; however, it was reduced by 21 per cent in Sindh during the period under review.

Due to favourable weather conditions, the availability of certified seeds and other crop inputs, it was expected that the targeted areas for the current sowing season would be achieved, he said.

The cotton commissioner said agriculture experts from Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were provided three months training in order to bring the potential areas under cotton production to enhance the local crop output. The Federal Committee on Cotton (FCC) had fixed cotton production targets at 14 million bales during the current crop sowing season. (SV)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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