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Cotton production target likely to be missed this year
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Jun '10
Owing to dearth in water supply in the canals that irrigate most of the Punjab lands, cotton crop, popularly known as 'white gold' is likely to be adversely affected, as apart from considerable decrease in production, it has also become difficult to meet targets of the cotton-based firms.

As per agricultural experts, the production target of about 10.3 million bales seems to be a distant dream to be achieved this year, owing to a number of reasons, including dearth of water for irrigation.

More than 70 percent of cotton of the entire country is produced in Southern Punjab. But this year, due to water supply shortage in biennial canals might reduce its production till 50 percent, predict agricultural experts.

Right now is the time to irrigate cotton plant; however, due to dearth in water supply in the biennial canals in the area, the crops are adversely affected. More than 70 – 80 percent cotton sowing has been done in Khanewal, Rajanpur, DG Khan, Multan, Muzaffargarh and other areas of irrigation.

Another factor adding to the reduction in production, is the electricity cuts, as tube well water cannot replace water supplied via canals for irrigation.

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