ISLAMABAD: The first meeting of Cotton Crop Assessment Committee would be held next week to asses the volume of current cotton crop in the country, cotton commissioner said on Monday.
All stakeholders including Ministry of Textile Industry, representatives of provincial governments, Plant Protection Department, Trading Cooperation of Pakistan and cotton growers would attend the meeting, said Cotton Commissioner Khalid Abdullah.
He told APP that representative from all Pakistan Textile Mills Association, Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association and Pakistan Central Cotton Committee attended the meeting.
The committee would asses the volume of current cotton crop in the country, besides assessing the per acre crop output and average plant population and crop outlook, he added. The meeting would also discuss the challenges and issues being faced by the cotton growers at post harvest stages and would suggest their remedial measures.
Abdullah said cotton crop for the season 2017/18 is progressing well in Sindh and Punjab. He said picking of seed cotton started in lower Sindh in first week of July and crop outlook is stable. Encouraging production was expected during the season, he added.
Due to heavy rains in Mirpur Khas, picking activity has been slowed, he said. Recent rains have damaged cotton crop in Mirpur Khas to some extent but significant losses have not been reported, he added.
Abdullah said cotton crop is in good condition in rest of cotton belt of Punjab and Sindh, besides the pest situation is also below economic threshold level. Seed cotton prices remain between Rs2,800-3,300 per 40 kilogramme in domestic markets.