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Pakistan downwardly revises cotton production estimates
Nov '11
Pakistan has downwardly revised its cotton production estimates this season to 12.22 million bales from the earlier projected 15 million bales.

At a meeting of the Cotton Crop Assessment Committee (CCAC) chaired by Shahid Rashid, Secretary Ministry of Textile Industry, it was assessed that 9.75 million bales of cotton would be harvested from the province of Punjab and another 2.4 million bales from Sindh.

The downward revision of estimated cotton production in the country is owing to heavy rains and floods that affected about three-fourths of area under cotton in Sindh.

This year, cotton crop was sowed on 2.5 million hectares of land in Punjab, which was 12.25 percent more than the target. In Sindh, cotton sowing was undertaken on 0.65 million hectares, showing a marginal rise of 0.67 percent in area.

CCAC members took note of a substantial increase in cotton sowing area in Tank and Dera Isamil Khan in Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa, and lauded it as an emerging cotton growing region.

In Sawabi district, where cotton has been sown on 100 acres of land this year, the Committee is expecting a further increase in cotton growing area, as about 163,000 acres of land would come under irrigation on the completion of Gomal Zam project.

CCAC will again review the cotton production estimates at its next meeting on November 23.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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