By admin       2018-02-27

February 27, 2018 - LAHORE: The Council of Cotton Stakeholders was constituted on Monday to finalise a joint strategy on achieving lint production targets set under the Punjab government’s Cotton Mission-2025. The council was set up by cotton supply chain stakeholders with the goal of providing a level playing field across the entire value chain in Punjab by bringing down the cost of inputs, improvement in productivity/yields through introduction of better cotton seed technology, upgrading harvest technology, improved extension services to provide timely information to farmers and reclaiming the area encroached by sugar cultivation. A joint session of the cotton value chain stakeholders was held at the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma) Punjab office. The meeting was attended by Aptma leaders including its Central Chairman Aamir Fayyaz, Chairman Ali Pervaiz Malik, and Senior Vice Chairman Adil Bashir. Progressive farmers including Syed Fakhar Imam, Nawab Farhatullah Khan, Khalid Khokhar, Bilal Israel, Farooq Bajwa, Mukhtar Baloch and Mian Mahmood Ahmed from Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association were present in the meeting. A representative of Karachi Cotton Association Sohail Naseem, Monsanto’s Amir Mahmood, SNIFA’s Muazzam Ali and Additional Secretary Planning, Department of Agriculture Punjab Dr Muhammad Ghazanfar also attended the meeting. The participants agreed that a severe situation exists in the field of cotton production which is registering a declining trend of 30 per cent area and 38pc in production in Punjab since 2011. The participants urged that input costs of cotton farmers should be made compatible in the region. The council will immediately plan the way forward to match the Cotton Mission 2025 of Punjab government for increasing cotton production. The participants agreed that new varieties of cotton seed should be introduced under public-private partnership. The objective of this exercise is to ensure the availability of appropriate and suitable technology for seed development in the country. The stakeholders agreed to address quality issues in line with the pre-determined parameters set in the Cotton Standardisation Act for labelling, classification and standardisation of cotton bales.

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