Various Steps Afoot For Revival Of Cotton: Agri Minister
Sumaira FH Published December 08, 2021 | 07:10 PM
Punjab Minister for Agriculture Syed Hussain Jahania Gardezi on Wednesday said the incumbent government was taking various steps for the revival of cotton
MULTAN, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Dec, 2021 ) :Punjab Minister for Agriculture Syed Hussain Jahania Gardezi on Wednesday said the incumbent government was taking various steps for the revival of cotton.
While addressing a conference on cotton restoration and stabilization organized here at a local hotel, he said that standard and approved varieties of cotton were promoted this year in collaboration with the Federal government and got approved 19 new cotton varieties with DNA fingerprint as an integral part which will help in preventing substandard cotton seed in future.
He informed that cotton crop was cultivated at over 3.1 million acres this year which yielded more than over 5.1 million bales. The cotton production in Punjab has ballooned by 50 percent during the current fiscal year as compared to last year.
Likewise, over seven million cotton bales arrived in the factories till Dec 1 as compared with last year figures which stood as over 4.6 million bales. This time, he informed, the factories received 2.5 million extra bales.
Gardezi urged the ginners association to use new technology for ginning and said that most of the ginning factory owners were following the traditional methods which has reduced the demand for our cotton in the international market.
Later, talking to media, he stressed on the importance of modernizing the traditional method of ginning.
The minister said the cotton cultivation area would be extended.
Cotton Commissioner Dr Khalid Abdullah, Director Cotton Dr Saghir, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Agriculture (MNSUA) prof Dr Shafqat Saeed, President Kisan Ittehad Khalid Khokhar, Ginning Association members and others attended the conference.