FCC meets to discuss cotton sowing targets
The FCC met here on Friday in the Ministry of Textile Industry, under the chairmanship of Secretary Textile Industry, Shahid Rashid was further informed that Pakistan has achieved 92.71 percent of its sowing area target so far.
The committee was constituted with the objectives to set targets of area under cotton cultivation, production of cotton, and to evaluate the availability of inputs specifically, water, seed, fertilizer and pesticides, says a statement issued by the the Ministry here on Friday.
The meeting was attended by representatives of Government of Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtonkhawa provinces, Meteorological Department, Federal Seed Certification & Registration Department, State Bank of Pakistan, Zarai Tarqiati Bank, Trading Corporation of Pakistan, Bureau of Statistics, Indus River System Authority, Punjab Seed Corporation, Sindh Seed Corporation, Department of Plant Protection and Pakistan Central Cotton Committee.
Though the Committee has representation of cotton grower members from all the provinces but, none of the farmer member could attend.
All participants deliberated on the subject at length, for more than three hours, and highlighted other issues related to cotton production and management.
While talking to media Shahid Rashid, Secretary Minstry of Textile said, the target for area under cotton has been set as 7.806 million acres (3.159 million ha), which is 11% more than the area from which cotton was harvested in 2011-12, after flood damages.
He believed that the Pakistan has achieved 92.71% of its sowing area target so far. Production targets were set as 13.45 million bales in comparison to 13.595 million bales, produced by Pakistan, last year.