Pakistan cotton season 2011-12 output cross 12.598 million bales

Islamabad: Pakistan’s cotton season 2011-12 output is expected to exceed 12.598 million bales at average 170kg per bale weight, Cotton Crop Assessment Committee CCAC meeting chaired Thursday by Textile Industry Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin was told. Production target was set at 14.01 million bales for FY 2011-12 and revised due to flash floods and set at 12.2 million bales.

Attended by farmers from all provinces, representatives of provincial governments, Textile Industry Ministry, All Pakistan Textile Mills Association, Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association, Karachi Cotton Ginners Association, meeting was told cotton crop cultivated over 7.924 million acres showed 2.86% increase. In Punjab it registered 0.67% increase & Sindh 12.25%. Punjab cotton production is estimated at 10.100 million bales, Sindh 2.400 million, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa 0.006 million & Balochistan 0.92 million bales.

Secretary, Textile Industry Ministry Shahid Rashid said Ministry is working with Provincial Departments to improve regulations, amendments in law to provide qualitative seeds, other inputs to farmers to enhance per acre yield. To protect farmers, ensure qualitative agri-inputs, draft seed bill, plants breeder right & pesticide bill were presented before concerned authorities for approval. Progressive farmers complain of low germination in seeds, adulteration in fertilizers, pesticides in the country which reduced their output.

Cotton Development Commissioner, Dr Khalid Abdullah said despite torrential rains and flash floods in cotton producing belt of the country, per acre plant population and cotton ball size increased as compared to last year’s output. Applying better crop management, disease incidents including cotton leaf curl virus CLV and overall insect attack on crop was recorded at lower level and under control, he added.

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