Pakistan cotton production has declined by 5,100,000 bales during the current season which has caused a loss of Rs 200 billion to the national kitty. The prime concern now is to ensure the interests of farmers besides boosting textile exports. A campaign will be launched for educating farmers so that they can grow more cotton in a proper manner. A meeting of all stakeholders will be convened to prepare a holistic strategy to address the issues of cotton production, a support price, quality of cotton and its import mechanism.
Ginners will be urged to work like a team to motivate growers/farmers for cultivation of cotton on the maximum area. The ginning sector wants a bailout package.
Cotton producers say that as the national cotton policy is being delayed, sugar mills are being shifted to the core cotton zone. They stress the need to impose a complete ban on the import of cotton and its thread from neighboring countries till the end of the cotton season and the disposal of bales lying in ginneries as unsold stock.
Steps will be taken to enhance the production of cotton in the country. Pakistan has a target of reaching 20 million cotton bales.