Second meeting of Cotton Crop Assessment Committee (CCAC) for the cotton crop season 2014-15 was held under the chairmanship of Mr. Arshad Farooq Faheem, Sr. Joint Secretary, Ministry of Textile Industry.
December 3, 2014, Islamabad:
Second meeting of Cotton Crop Assessment Committee (CCAC) for the cotton crop season 2014-15 was held under the chairmanship of Mr. Arshad Farooq Faheem, Sr. Joint Secretary, Ministry of Textile Industry. The meeting was attended by representatives from Pakistan Central Cotton Committee, Pakistan Cotton Standards Institute, All Pakistan Textile Mills Association, Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association, Karachi Cotton Association, Trading Corporation of Pakistan, Provincial research and extension officials, and cotton growers.
The representative from Crop Reporting Service Department, Government of the Punjab stated that target for cotton area was set at 2.428 million hectare during the current season, while cotton was sown at 2.284 million hectares depicting 4.0 percent decrease than the target while it was 8.3 percent more than that of last year sown area (2.199 million hectares). He further stated that cotton crop in the province is much better than last year and CLCuV is also significantly less. The province is expected to produce around 9.902 million bales of 170 kgs despite damage due to flood.
The representative from Agriculture Department Sindh stated that cotton sowing was targeted at 0.650 million hectares while it is sown on 0.596 million hectares depicting a shortfall of 8.3 percent, while it is 4.75 percent more than the sown area during last year (0.568 million hectares).
The representative from Agriculture Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa stated that cotton crop was sown at an area of 3300 hectares. He stated that the farmers of the area are not much educated in cotton crop management. He also stated that due to non-existence of a cotton ginning factory in the province, farmers are reluctant to grow cotton.
Representative of Baluchistan, Director Crop Reporting Services of Baluchistan province informed on phone that area under cotton is 41235 ha and production would be 107075 bales.
Cotton grower members from Punjab stressed that benefits of current intervention of Trading Corporation of Pakistan could not be passed on to the growers and may be stopped. Moreover, they also demanded to withdraw recent levy of Sales tax @ 5% on cottonseed cake to reduce the higher cost of cottonseed cake for feeding animals especially in the flood-affected areas secondly it will help in raising cotton prices.
Representative of APTMA stressed upon testing the high density cotton cultivation as it may appear giving more benefit from the similar resources.
Chairman PCGA urged TCP should resume the procurement on reduced rates and also of the reduced fiber quality parameters. The Chair stressed upon coordination of the institutions and assured that the Ministry is in favor of a win-win environment for every stakeholder of the textile supply chain.
The House unanimously agreed to assess the cotton crop size during the year 2014-15 as below:
Punjab : 9.902 million bales
Sindh : 3.480 million bales
KP : 0.0015 million bales
Balochistan : 0.1070 million bales
PAKISTAN : 13.4885 million bales