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Pakistan to hike cotton acreage by 8%
Mar '11
At a meeting of the Cotton Committee it has been decided to raise Pakistan's cotton cultivation acreage for the current year, over the last year, by around eight percent to 8.01 million acres.

The Committee constituted by the President of Pakistan to boost country's domestic cotton production, during a meeting convened on March 28, and presided by the Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Livestock Nazar Mohammad Gondal, suggested a rise in the cotton cultivation acreage for current year.

The Committee will develop new methods which could help to raise the per acre output of cotton in the country, he said and added that, new areas in Punjab's Potohar, KPK and Balochistan regions would be brought under cotton production.

He informed the participants that, the government would constitute Pakistan Cotton Board, which would function as an autonomous organization under the PPP mode, and would be aimed at developing a CLCV resistant crop variety in the final phase of its formulation.

Further, he even revealed that, the Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC) has been directed to import more germ-plasma from foreign countries, which would be given to researchers who would work on developing it further.

The government last year fixed the cotton cultivation target at 14 million bales, but then massive floods devastated the crop.

However, in spite of all this the country's production still remained above 11.5 million cotton bales. The textile industry of Pakistan, each year requires around 14.5 million cotton bales for domestic consumption, and this year with good weather conditions if the production could be hiked by eight percent, the country's overall crop production is estimated to come to around 15 million cotton bales.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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