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Pakistan loses 4mn cotton bales to CLCV each year
27
Sep '11
Pakistan each year suffers a loss of four million cotton bales costing around PKR 100 billion due to Cotton Leaf Curl Virus (CLCV). This was disclosed by officials from Pakistan's Textile Ministry during a meeting with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) delegates.

The meeting was held to discuss the Cotton Productivity Enhancement Project which is being undertaken at an estimated cost of US$ 4.2 million. The Project began last year and aims to undertake research in diverse areas to boost Pakistan's cotton production.

Various modes of collaboration between the USDA and Pakistan were discussed at the meeting.

Pursuant to the project, around 367 cotton varieties have been shipped in for cultivation during the ongoing cotton season. The Project is proposed to be completed within three years.

It is expected that the project would help restrain the CLCV and thereby boost country's cotton productivity.

Shahid Rashid, Secretary of the Ministry of Textile Industry, said that an appropriate system would be introduced and representatives of all the concerned parties will be taken on board.

He recommended that an advisory committee be set up and an appropriate timeline be followed so that the project objectives may be achieved in time.

USDA's head research scientist, Dr. Brian Scheffler, said the project would concentrate on three areas, viz. capacity expansion, germ plasma collection and utilization of biotechnology for tackling Pakistan's CLCV issues, as these three issues are major impediments in raising Pakistan's cotton productivity.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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