13.3 m Bales of 170 kgs of Cotton Crop expected:-

 

Second meeting of Cotton Crop Assessment Committee (CCAC) was held, under the chairmanship of Mr. Shahid Rashid, Secretary, Ministry of Textile Industry. Representatives of Provincial Governments, Plant Protection Department, Trading Cooperation of Pakistan (TCP), Cotton Growers, Karachi Cotton Association (KCA), All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) and Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC) attended the meeting. The committee met to forecast the volume of current cotton crop in the country.
The meeting was started with recitation of Holy Quran. The Chair welcomed the participants and appreciated the stakeholders’ interests and participation in the crop assessment process. Secretary MinTex described the objectives of the meeting and presented the overview of cotton crop production in the country was dilated by Dr. Khalid Abdullah, Cotton Commissioner. Challenges faced by the cotton crop especially low availability of irrigation water during sowing season, high input prices and rain and flood damage to cotton crop were discussed in detail.
 Representatives of the Provincial Government explained the methodology for crop assessment and informed the house about the crop estimates which are reproduced as follow:

Province
Expected Production Million Bales (170kg)
Punjab
9.599
Sindh
3.600
Balouchistan
0.094
Khyber Pakhtonkhawa
0.006
Pakistan
13.3

 
Member representing APTMA and KCA were of the opinion that the assessment is very realistic and the groud realities are very close to this forecast.
However, representative from PCGA showed some reservations and argued the data presented by the provinces. He was of the opinion that country will harvest not more than 13.5 million bales (PCGA bales).
Secretary, MinTex, stated that cotton crop size is assessed on the basis of data provided by Provincial Governments, yield parameters of cotton and arrival pattern. Secretary MinTex, Mr. Shahid Rashid also emphasized the PCGA and other stakeholders to standardize the weight of bales to 170 kgs in the national interest. The meeting adjourned with vote of thanks from the char.