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Textile package to be announced only after thorough consultations: Pak minister

Pakistan’s minister for National Food Security and Research, Sikandar Hayat Bosan has said that the decision regarding the announcement of textile package for the industry would be taken at the highest level after having thorough consultations with ministries of Textile, Finance and Commerce. He added that his ministry would also give its input accordingly.

He was talking to media after a meeting with All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Punjab president Aamir Fayyaz and other office-bearers. Responding to APTMA concerns, the minister assured of taking them up at the federal level. He also urged the Association to join hands with the government on the front of cotton research to meet the demands of the industry in future.

He underscored that the industry, the farming sector and the government would have to work as a team to achieve this task. He also assured the APTMA office-bearers of his full support in resolving their problems pertaining to his ministry. Bosan however ruled out any issue of food security citing that Pakistan has surplus stocks of wheat, rice, corn, sugar and other commodities.

He said that the country had a bumper crop of maze with regard to per acre yield and as whole production in the region. He went on to add that corn yield was also very high this season. Though several crops including gram, were affected due to less rains and other environmental factors in the country, crops production would improve as rains were expected next month, he maintained.