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MINISTRY OF TEXTILE INDUSTRY

Government of Pakistan
Press Release
December 3, 2014, Islamabad: Second meeting of Cotton Crop
Assessment Committee (CCAC) for the cotton crop season 201415 was held under the chairmanship of Mr. Arshad Farooq
Faheem, Sr. Joint Secretary, Ministry of Textile Industry. The
meeting was attended by representatives from Pakistan Central
Cotton Committee, Pakistan Cotton Standards Institute, All
Pakistan Textile Mills Association, Pakistan Cotton Ginners
Association, Karachi Cotton Association, Trading Corporation of
Pakistan, Provincial research and extension officials, and cotton
growers.
The representative from Crop Reporting Service Department,
Government of the Punjab stated that target for cotton area was
set at 2.428 million hectare during the current season, while
cotton was sown at 2.284 million hectares depicting 4.0 percent
decrease than the target while it was 8.3 percent more than that
of last year sown area (2.199 million hectares). He further stated
that cotton crop in the province is much better than last year and
CLCuV is also significantly less. The province is expected to
produce around 9.902 million bales of 170 kgs despite damage
due to flood.
The representative from Agriculture Department Sindh stated that
cotton sowing was targeted at 0.650 million hectares while it is
sown on 0.596 million hectares depicting a shortfall of 8.3
percent, while it is 4.75 percent more than the sown area during
last year (0.568 million hectares).
The representative from Agriculture Department, Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa stated that cotton crop was sown at an area of 3300
hectares. He stated that the farmers of the area are not much
educated in cotton crop management. He also stated that due to

non-existence of a cotton ginning factory in the province, farmers


are reluctant to grow cotton.
Representative of Baluchistan, Director Crop Reporting Services of
Baluchistan province informed on phone that area under cotton is
41235 ha and production would be 107075 bales.
Cotton grower members from Punjab stressed that benefits of
current intervention of Trading Corporation of Pakistan could not
be passed on to the growers and may be stopped. Moreover, they
also demanded to withdraw recent levy of Sales tax @ 5% on
cottonseed cake to reduce the higher cost of cottonseed cake for
feeding animals especially in the flood-affected areas secondly it
will help in raising cotton prices.
Representative of APTMA stressed upon testing the high density
cotton cultivation as it may appear giving more benefit from the
similar resources.
Chairman PCGA urged TCP should resume the procurement on
reduced rates and also of the reduced fiber quality parameters.
The Chair stressed upon coordination of the institutions and
assured that the Ministry is in favor of a win-win environment for
every stakeholder of the textile supply chain.
The House unanimously agreed to assess the cotton crop size
during the year 2014-15 as below:
Punjab
:
Sindh
KP
:
Balochistan
PAKISTAN :

9.902 million bales


:
3.480 million bales
0.0015 million bales
:
0.1070 million bales
13.4885 million bales

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