By admin       2018-09-17

ISLAMABAD, Sep 14 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Sep, 2018 ) :Due to drastic climatic changes, prolonging weather pattern and acute water shortage during the crop sowing season, over 22 percent reduction in cotton output was forecast in current season as against the set target. According to initial estimates crop output was estimated to remain 10.847 million bales as against the set targets of 14.37 million bales, said Cotton Commissioner in the Ministry of National food Security and Research, Dr Khalid Abdullah. He attributed the reduction in the production mainly to decrease in the area under cotton in the Sindh by 15 percent as against the set targets of cultivation during the current season. Talking to APP here on Sunday, he said that crop sowing was decreased due to shortage of water, bellow normal rains, adding that Sindh Province had faced more water shortage during the season, which resulted in reduction in the area under cotton cultivation. The cotton crop in the Sindh had remained under water stress due to bellow normal rain falls in crop growing areas of the province, where as the water situation remained satisfactory in Punjab as compared the Sindh, which is likely to supplemented the over all output in second and final estimation, he observed. The crop production in the Punjab was estimated at 8.077 million bales, Sindh 2.600 million bales and Balochistan at 0.150 million bales respectively, he added. However, he said that it was an initial estimates and figures of output may improved in second and third estimation as the weather was dry and pest attack was not reported so far. The pest attack including cotton mealybugs, pink ball worm also reduced and it was reported at 23 percent as compared the 27 percent of same period of last year, he observed. Dr Abdullah further informed that due to water stress, the overall 5-10 percent yield in Sindh was expected to reduce, adding that prices of local produces was remained stable and encouraging the growers. It may be recalled that cotton crop had been sown over 2.69 million hectares of land as against the fixed targets of 2.95 million hectares in order to produce over 14.37 million cotton bales during the crop season 2018-19. The crop cultivation targets, which fixed for the current sowing season were achieved by over 91 percent as it went up by 2 percent as compared with the area under cotton crop cultivation during same period of last year. Over all cotton sowing in the Province of Punjab registered about 11 percent growth as it had cultivated the crop over 2.29 million hectares of land as against the set targets of 2.31 million hectares for the period under review. However, crop sowing in the Sindh Province was decreased by 31 percent and attributed the low sowing trend with dry weather during the crop sowing time as well as shortage of water for crop irrigation.

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