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Pak to ensure certified seeds to cotton farmers
May '17
Pakistan Government plans to supply 100 per cent certified cotton seeds to farmers during the current Kharif season in order to get maximum output. In this connection, a campaign will be launched so that only certified seeds are sown across the country. Arrangements have been made to make available about 38,000 metric tonnes of certified and approved seeds.

The move is aimed at increasing per acre crop output in the country, according to Pakistani media reports.

The total requirement of cotton seeds was recorded at 40,000 metric tonnes for the sowing season 2017-18, an official in the Ministry of Textile Industry said, according to the reports.

In order to ensure availability of certified seeds, seed dealers have been directed to market cotton seeds as per standard germination of 75 per cent. They have also been asked to ensure the quality and quantity of the, the reports said.

During the current kharif season, cotton would be cultivated over 3.118 million hectares of land across the country to fulfill domestic requirements as well as exports, the official said.

Cotton crop production targets for the current season have been fixed at 14.40 million bales against 14.1 million bales last year. Cotton would be cultivated over 2.429 million hectares of land in Punjab, 0.650 million hectares of land in Sindh, 0.038 million hectares in Balochistan Province and about 0.001 million hectares in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the official said, according to reports. (SV)

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