Dire cotton supply situation
The country’s cotton output faces a
shortfall of 0.664 million bales or 26.41 per cent compared to
same period last year, according to official figures released on
Pakistan Cotton Ginners’ Association (PCGA)
Chairman Mian Mahmood Ahmed said the promised incentives to
cotton growers for achieving higher cotton production target
were never released by the government.
The government had officially announced to
fix indicative price of Rs4,000 per 40kg for phutti (seed
cotton) to encourage growers to bring more area under cotton
cultivation. However, the government failed to set the price at
Similarly, he said that despite agreeing
during the several high-level meetings to engage Trading
Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) for the procurement of around 0.5m
bales to stabilise cotton prices in the market, the government
also backtracked on this promise.
According to ginners, much of the area
under cotton cultivation has been replaced by sugarcane crop as
the government was giving export subsidy to sugar producers.
Similarly, growers had also shifted toward corn as they could
get three crops in a single year.
According to an expert, high temperatures
in Punjab are retarding cotton and resulting in lower
production. On the other hand, cotton crop in Sindh suffered due
to heavy rains and gusty winds, which resulted quantitative as
well as qualitative loss in Sindh.
The output is further aggravated by pest
The cotton production in Punjab as of Sept
15, recorded a steep fall at 0.598m bales as against 0.980m
bales produced in the corresponding period last year.
Cotton crop in Sindh also recorded a
shortfall but fared better by producing 1.254m bales as against
1.537m bales recorded in the same period last year. This shows a
shortfall of 0.283m bales or 18.42pc.
There is also a glaring difference in the
pattern of fortnightly (Sept 1-15) arrival of phutti, which
recorded a steep fall from 2.517m bales to 0.496m bales