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Pakistan targets 14 mn bales cotton production
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Feb '16
Pakistan has set its cotton production target for the next season at 14.101 million bales during the cotton crop season 2016-17 from an acreage of 3.009 million hectares.

The government had initially aimed at 15.49 million cotton bales in the beginning of the current season, but it had to scale down the targets at least three times after the heavy rains and pest attacks damaged the crop. Cotton production declined 33.62 per cent to 9.687 million bales during this season to February 15, Pakistani newspapers have reported.

The 5th meeting of the Federal Committee on Cotton (FCC), held at the Ministry of Textile Industry, set the cotton production target of 9.50 million bales for the Punjab, 4.50 million bales for Sindh, 0.098 million bales for Balochistan and 0.003 million bales for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Secretary Amir Marwat of the Ministry of Textile Industry told the participants to devise strategies to improve cotton production in the coming season. He urged them to develop coordinated strategies along with all the stakeholders, organise awareness-building seminars for the farmers and enhance their capacity about best crop management practices.

He said the government provided several support schemes to the cotton growers and the textile industry to enable them to complete with regional competitors.

Cotton Commissioner Khalid Abdullah of textile ministry said cotton crop was badly hit due to torrential and prolonged rains especially during the period of June to August. He said that besides lower cotton prices and high inputs cost dampened farmers' interest in spending more on the already damaged crop.

“This situation resulted in flaring up of cotton pests, especially pink bollworm, armyworm and other pests which also damaged cotton crop substantially,” Abdullah said.

The meeting was told that seed companies, selling fake seeds, must be de-registered and only quality seed producing companies should be allowed to run the business. (SH)

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