December 07, 2021 (MLN): The Cotton Crop Assessment Committee (CCAC) has revised the cotton production target for the fourth time, by around 3 percent, from 9.37 million bales set for 2021-22 to 9.1 million bales, the sources told Mettis today.
As per earlier expectations of the committee, the cotton production was to be around 10.05 million bales. However, the estimates were later revised to 8.46mn bales. In October'21, the committee revised its estimates once again and according to which the cotton production to be around 9.37mn bales.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Dr. Akmal Sidiq, Technical Advisor, Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFSR) for the third time. The committee estimated 5.168 million bales in Punjab, 3.5 million bales in Sindh, 0.43 million in Balochistan, and 0.004 million bales in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Dr. Khalid Abdullah, Cotton Commissioner, presented an overview of the cotton production scenario in the country. Dr. Abdul Qayum, DG Crop Reporting Services Govt of Punjab assessed the production of 5.168 million bales from its earlier assessment of 5.44 million bales. However, Sindh retained its earlier assessment of 3.5 million bales.
On the other hand, Ahsan-ul-Haq, President, Cotton Ginners Forum said that the cotton output will be around 7.5 to 7.8 million bales. He also highlighted that textile mills during FY22 have received hefty export orders and to meet these orders, the textile imports will be around 7 million bales during the ongoing fiscal year.
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