Pakistan produces 15 million cotton bales this year

Islamabad –– Pakistan will produce 15 million cotton bales this year, says Cotton Development Commissioner of Food & Agriculture Ministry Khalid Abdullah. Total targeted areas for cotton cultivation will be finalized in 94th meeting of Federal Committee on Agriculture FCA.

He said Sindh province so far achieved 28% of proposed cotton cultivation targets and sowing increased by 164% as compared to same period of last year which is positive sign for crop sowing across the country. Sindh cultivated cotton at over 183,000 hectares land as against its proposed targets of about 6,50,000 hectare in current crop season of year 2011-12.

Abdullah said according to field reports received by Punjab province, crop has been sown at over 273,347 hectares. It has proposed to cultivate cotton at over 2.5 million hectare of land during year 2011-12.

In Balochistan, cotton was cultivated in 19 districts. Among these seven districts would be focused to enhance output of crop to increase farm income and alleviating poverty. Government is focusing on Turbat, Khuzdar, Lasbela, Sibi, Loralai, Kharan and Kohlo to enhance crop production by cultivating it over 100,000 acres.

He said 33% certified seed was available for farmers and remaining will be fulfilled by farmers own seeds which were shared by farmers to farmers in their respective areas. Regulatory bodies are keenly observing distributions of pesticides, seeds and other inputs to avoid adulteration in inputs. Authorities were directed not to tolerate any violation, he added.

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