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Downpour troubles cotton farmers
08
Jul '10
Officials from the cotton sector a couple of days back stated that, as the cotton fields in Sindh, particularly Sanghar, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Hyderabad and Nawabshah are flooded with rain water, there is increased apprehension that, these fields will be attacked by white bees and insects and cotton flowers might fizzle out.

A member of the Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) mentioned that, as some of the regions like Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Hyderabad and Matiari were experiencing dearth of water, it was only in the previous week that they ploughed cotton.

To counterbalance the damage caused by the downpour, those cotton farmers will now once again have to sow their crops, he said.

It was believed that, the new cotton crop will get ready by the third week of June, but now it won't hit the markets any prior to July 15, he said. Cotton production in Sindh in the financial year 2010 went up to touch 4.2 million bales as against 2.9 million bales in 2009. The hike in production was mainly for the reason that Bt cotton was used for cultivation over a large area.

Around 1.7 million acres of land in Sindh is under cotton cultivation. As the weather experts forecast heavy rains further in August, cotton farmers rapidly need to pump out the rain waters from their fields, get the drainage pipes cleared.

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