Third meeting of Cotton Crop Assessment Committee

Third meeting of Cotton Crop Assessment Committee (CCAC) was held, under the chairmanship of Makhdoom Shahabuddin , Federal Minister for Textile Industry. Mr. Shahid Rashid, Secretary, Ministry of Textile Industry, Representatives of Provincial Governments, Plant Protection Department, Trading Cooperation of Pakistan (TCP), Cotton Growers, All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) and Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC) attended the meeting. The committee met to asses 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’ interest and participation in the process of cotton crop assessment. Secretary MinTex described the objectives of the meeting and 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. The chair vowed the flood damage reports of the provinces where minor damages are not recorded. He emphasized the need to amend such regulation which bar documentation of flood damages on smaller scales.
 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 was of the opinion that the assessment is very realistic and the ground realities are very close to this forecast. Whereas representative of PCGA was of the view that crop volume would be close to 13 million 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 kg in the national interest. The meeting adjourned with vote of thanks from the char.