By admin       2019-01-31

In 2015, WWF-Pakistan secured financial support from the C&A Foundation, and in collaboration with Balochistan’s Directorate of Agriculture Extension started work on a project titled ‘Organic Cotton Cultivation Promotion with Small and Marginal Tribal Farmers in Pakistan’. The project is helping improve livelihoods of smallholder cotton farmers by promoting organic cotton cultivation and development of its supply chain. Organic cotton is grown without using any chemical fertilisers or pesticides and is cultivated on land that is detoxified from residues of chemical fertilisers and pesticides over a period of at least three years. Seeds used to grow organic cotton are not genetically modified and are kept clean from chemical impurities during processing and packaging. If the cotton crop produced adheres to the standards of organic cotton farming in its initial two years, it is called in conversion cotton. By the third year, the yield is certified as organic cotton. Pakistan is the fifth largest producer of cotton in the world and the third largest exporter of raw cotton. Cotton and its products contribute about 10 per cent to gross domestic product and 55pc to the foreign exchange earnings of the country.

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