The second meeting of Cotton Crop Assessment Committee (CCAC) was held on 26 August 2013.

Ministry of Commerce and Textile Industry

Textile Industry Division

Government of Pakistan

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Press Release (26-08-2013)

 

The second meeting of Cotton Crop Assessment Committee (CCAC) was held at Textile Industry Division, with Ms. Rukhsana Shah, Federal Secretary, Textile Industry Division in the chair. Representatives of Provincial Governments, Trading Cooperation of Pakistan (TCP), Cotton Growers, All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA), Karachi Cotton Association, Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC) and cotton growers from Punjab and Sind province attended the meeting. The committee met to asses the volume of current cotton crop in the country.

After a round of introductions, the meeting started with a welcome address by the chairperson. An overview of cotton crop production in the country was presented by Dr. Khalid Abdullah, Cotton Commissioner. Challenges faced by the cotton crop especially low availability of irrigation water during sowing season, issues of seed quality, climate change, new pests and diseases attacking to the cotton crop were discussed in detail.

 Representatives of the Government of Punjab explained the methodology for crop assessment and informed that 5,766,082 acres out of 6,000,000 acres have been planted which meats 96% of cotton sowing target. He explained the various reasons for not achieving the sowing target. The Director Crop Reporting Services explained that higher temperatures in June caused flower bud shedding resulting in lower number of bolls per plant than last year. Representative of Government of Sindh stated that 1,410,793 acres out of 1,606,185 acres of target has been sown, which is 88% of the target area. Director CCRI, Sakrand discussed the reasons of not achieving the sowing target.

Farmer members from Sindh and Punjab highlighted emerging pest threats to the cotton crop and stressed upon scientists for remedial measures and introduction of new Bt technology to maximize cotton production in the country.

Ms. Shah emphasized on the availability of quality cotton seed which ensures enhanced production, and discussed the importance of clean cotton and implementation of quality standards and standard bale weight in the national interest. Secretary, Textile Industry Division was informed that the variety approval process was delayed at the National Bio-safety center (NBC) and all the newly developed varieties are in the pipeline due to not having certification from NBC.  Secretary textile Industry Division assured the house that the matter would be taken up with concerned authorities in order to ensure the availability of certified seed. 

The house agreed on the following crop estimates based on the available information:

Province

Expected Production Million Bales (170kg)

Punjab

9.00

Sindh

3.54

Balochistan

0. 108

Khyber Pakhtonkhawa

0.007

Pakistan

12.655

 

The meeting was adjourned with a vote of thanks from the chair.