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Pak PM directs urgent measures to increase cotton produce

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Jan '20
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Prime Minister Imran Khan recently directed an amendment in the Seed Act and urgently re-establishing a cotton committee to boost cotton production in Pakistan. Chairing a meeting to review cotton policy and cultivation, he also directed the ministries of finance, national food security and commerce division to give proposals on fixing cotton support price.

The meeting discussed share of cotton crops in overall produce of the country and other related matters including import, export and challenges, according to Pakistani media reports.

Expressing concern over the gap between cotton production in different parts of the country, the prime minister regretted that the sector faced neglect by previous governments in terms of new seed harvesting, promotion of technology, adaptation of modern farming techniques and financial assistance to farmers.

He said apathy towards cotton cultivation not only resulted in a gradual decline in production and discouragement of farmers, but also affected textile industry and exports.

The government under the Prime Minister Emergency Programme is importing technology to save cotton crop from pink bollworm that would be shared with farmers at a cheaper price.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)


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