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Pakistan can enhance cotton output by over 60%: Official
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Aug '12
There is scope to increase Pakistan’s cotton production by more than 60 percent by introducing new technology and amending old laws, according to an official.
 
“It is possible to increase cotton production in Pakistan by 62.5 percent by obtaining more and better quality certified seeds and by adopting better crop improvement technologies,” Dr. Khalid Abdullah, Cotton Commissioner, Ministry of Textile Industry, told fibre2fashion.
 
However, Dr. Abdullah says the Government would have to make some changes in legislation and amend old laws, for obtaining better quality seeds.
 
“Introduction of new technologies like Bollgard II, which is already being used in India, would enable our country to raise its cotton production,” says Dr. Abdullah.
 
Informing about current cotton sowing and expected production this year, he says, “Cotton sowing has been low this year due to less irrigation and less than normal rainfall. We are currently behind cotton sowing target.”
 
“However, the crop is growing well as the virus attack is low this time. We are aiming to achieve cotton production of 13-14 million bales this year,” he adds.
 

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