By admin       2018-03-27

Pakistan’s annual consumption needs are estimated at 15 million bales, turning the country into a net importer of cotton. The committee, headed by Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Sartaj Aziz, was constituted by the cabinet in order to examine the challenges faced by the cotton farmers. It recommended that cotton import should not be allowed during crop picking. It suggested that cotton seed supply industry should be regulated by rationalising over 700 such companies. The seed act and plant breeders’ rights act may be implemented properly and extension services may be improved through promoting better crop husbandry and employing information technology-based solutions, it said. The committee suggested that cotton cultivation may be expanded in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan – the two provinces that have a very insignificant contribution to the overall cotton production. It also focused on improving spinning and ginning processes by adopting better technology, shifting the current weight-based pricing system to the one based on quality and cotton labeling by ginners to show quality features. The committee proposed that partnerships may be initiated for a variety of development and marketing activities and the capacity of National Biosafety Committee and the Federal Seed Certification and Registration Department should be built as regulators.

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