THIRD MEETING OF COTTON CROP ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE (CCAC) FOR THE COTTON CROP SEASON 2014-15 WAS HELD UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF MR. AMIR MARWAT, SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF TEXTILE INDUSTRY.
December 29, 2014, Islamabad: Third meeting of Cotton Crop Assessment Committee (CCAC) for the cotton crop season 2014-15 was held under the chairmanship of Mr. Amir Marwat, Secretary, Ministry of Textile Industry. The meeting was attended by representatives from Pakistan Central Cotton Committee, Pakistan Cotton Standards Institute, Karachi Cotton Association, Trading Corporation of Pakistan, Provincial research and extension officials.
Dr. Khalid Abdullah, Cotton Commissioner appraised the house about cotton crop condition and status of cotton arrival position in ginning factories. He stated that natural climatic condition and seed quality issues are the major obstacles in achieving cotton production targets. He informed that due to construction of Gomal Zam Dam in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, around 200,000 acres are expected to be brought under cotton crop cultivation and the Ministry of Textile Industry is putting all out efforts to bring most of this area under cotton cultivation, as cotton is low water consuming crop.
The representative from Karachi Cotton Association stressed upon development of long and extra long staple cotton varieties in order to get premium prices while trading cotton internationally.
Secretary, Ministry of Textile Industry stressed upon stakeholders for putting extra efforts in increasing cotton acreage which is a high value crop and single largest export earner. He further stressed for inter-sectoral coordination and efficiently working as a team will result in achieving targets. He assured that the Ministry would facilitate cotton trade business and make efforts in enhancing cotton production in the country. He also directed to engage cotton experts of Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC) in cotton promotional / extension campaigns being launched by the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the province.
The representative from Crop Reporting Departments of Punjab and Sindh provinces stated to maintain the same cotton crop size as was being assessed in 2nd CCAC meeting. The house, therefore, agreed to maintain the cotton crop size for the year 2014/15 same as was being assessed in 2nd CCAC meeting 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