By admin       2018-03-27

It also outlined different causes for the stagnant production which included the use of inappropriate first generation rather than fourth generation Bt technology, absence of better quality seeds, lack of solution to the cotton leaf curl virus, low-quality ginning process and heavy contamination in cotton. Owing to these reasons, the income of farmers had gone down and plantation area shrank 20% between 2004 and 2016. It recommended that the target for cotton production should be set at 25 million bales by 2025 by increasing the plantation area from 2.4 to 3.5 million hectares, up 45%, and the yield up to 1,200 kg per hectare. It suggested that research funds may be provided for a restructured Pakistan Central Cotton Committee. It proposed a Rs2.5-billion cotton research fund for a period of five years through competitive grants managed by the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (Parc) under an inter-provincial committee. The cabinet, in a meeting held in the first week of March, approved all the recommendations of the committee.

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