By admin       2018-06-07

“Water shortage did not let farmers plant cotton over the targeted area,” Planning Commission Food Security Consultant Dr Mohammad Ali Talpur told The Express Tribune on Wednesday. “Farmers need water at the time of sowing,” said Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) former chairman Mukhtar Ahmad Khan. “It did not rain in March and April, which usually happens almost every year. Resultantly, water flow remained absent from canals and did not let farmers sow seeds over the targeted area.” According to the statistics, farmers in Sindh have cultivated cotton seeds over around 50% (0.29 million hectares) of the targeted area of 0.62 million hectares. The sowing season in the province has yet to end. “Sindh completes cotton sowing by the end of June. It is estimated to cover 80-85% of the target,” Talpur said.

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