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Cotton acreage skyrockets in Sindh province
May '11
There has been a year on year rise of 164 percent in cotton cultivation in the Sindh province, this season.

The crop has been cultivated in the province on more than 183,000 hectares by now, which is equal to 28 percent of the set target of around 650,000 hectares for current crop 2011-12 sowing season. This is a positive development with regards to cotton cultivation across the country.

The country has targeted to produce 15 million bales of cotton this year, while a final decision regarding the areas which would be focused for cotton cultivation this season would be taken in the 94th meeting of Federal Committee on Agriculture (FCA).

According to the reports, cotton cultivation has taken place on over 273,347 hectares of land in Punjab, which is equal to 11 percent of the target of over 2.5 million hectare set for the current crop season.

Further, crop cultivation has taken place in 19 districts in Balochistan, 7 districts of which are proposed to be focused on, to boost crop production to raise farm earnings and ease poverty situations in the region.

Besides, 33 percent of the total certified seed requirement of the farmers was available, while the rest was met from farmer's own seeds which farmers in respective regions shared amongst themselves.

Editorial note –
It is heartening to note that cotton acreage has shot up in Pakistan in the new season. But the main matter of concern for farmers could be the falling prices of the white gold, since the last one month, after having touched historic highs in 2011.

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