Fourth Meeting of Cotton Crop Assessment Committee (CCAC) 2013-14.

Ministry of Commerce and Textile Industry

Textile Industry Division

Government of Pakistan

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Press Release (11-12-2013)

 

Fourth meeting of Cotton Crop Assessment Committee (CCAC) 2013-14 was held on 11-12-2013 at Textile Industry Division, under the chairmanship of Ms. Rukhsana Shah, Federal Secretary, Textile Industry Division. Representatives of Provincial Governments, All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA), Karachi Cotton Association, Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC), Pakistan Cotton Standards Institute (PCSI), Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) Department of Plant Protection (DPP) and cotton growers attended the meeting. The committee met to re-assess the third assessment of the cotton crop estimated at 11.955 million bales.

 

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 at the time of sowing, problems of low germination of seed and its poor quality, flood damage and attack of cotton pests were discussed in detail. Dr. Abdullah disclosed that Punjab Seed Council, in it meeting, held on 10.11.2013 has approved 15 varieties for general cultivation in crop season 2014-15. He further stated that PCCC has conducted experiments on Long and Extra Long Staple cotton varieties in Sindh and Balochistan provinces which have produced promising results, and hoped the long staple and extra long staple varieties will be released soon for general cultivation.

 

Representatives of the Government of Punjab Department of Crop Reporting Services informed that during 2013-14, cotton crop was planted on an area of 52,90,000 acres against the target of 60,000,00 acres, showing 11% decrease from target and 7.27% decrease from the last year’s area sown. It was also informed that rain and floods further damaged 1,18,000 acres. Decrease in sowing was mainly attributed to the lower prices of seed cotton during last two-three years and farmers’ preference towards maize, sugarcane and rice crops due to monetary advantages over cotton.

 

Representative of Government of Sindh stated that 14,19,656 acres was sown against 16,06,215 acres during last year depicting 13% decrease in sowing.

 

Ms. Rukhsana Shah emphasized the need for strengthening of cotton grading and standardization system and stressed upon PCGA for volunteering the Grading Fee @ Rs. 5 per bale. She also stressed on a proactive role of APTMA to ensure premium price for production of quality cotton. There is a dire need to ensure production of quality cotton with proper grading and standardization so that Pakistan could earn higher prices in international markets.

Chairman PCGA Mr. Mukhtar Khan stated that non availability of quality seed, non-introduction of new seed technology and competitive price advantage of rice sugarcane and corn over cotton, are the main factors of falling cotton production.

 

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

 

Province

Expected Production Million Bales (170kg)

Punjab

8.866

Sindh

3.362

Balochistan

0.108

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

0.000433

Pakistan

12.336

 

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