Pakistan: Cotton exports declining due to unavailability of cotton seed

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ISLAMABAD – A parliamentary Panel on Thursday was informed that certified cotton seed is not available in the country therefore cotton exports of the country are declining.

During a meeting of Senate Sub-committee on Textile Industry that was held under the chair of senator Mohsin laghari to discuss issues of textile sector and to make recommendations for the resolution of those issues.

During the meeting chairman Pakistan Cotton ginner association PCGA told the committee that cotton seeds are imported from abroad and under certain names sold at expensive rates in the country.

He said that imported seeds are not well compatible with our lands therefore they give less production and leaves bad impacts on whole industry. He said that it is very unfortunate that certified cotton seed in not available in the country and in this regard our institutes have been failed. Chairman Pakistan Cotton Ginners association said that good quality seed is not available in the country therefore not only industry suffers but country faces loss of billion of rupees.

Convener of the committee Mohsin Laghari said that we should not put all the responsibility on government to take steps for improvement of cotton and textile industry in the country but market forces should also do works.

Chairman Pakistan Knitwear and sweater exporters association said that energy shortage is badly affecting the entire textile industry in the country and during last six month sixteen to seventeen textile units from Karachi have been shifted to other countries. He said that non availability of gas and power resulted into 30% loss into our textile production.

Chairman Pakistan Knitwear and sweater exporters association said that government should provide gas to the export industry of the country on priority basis.

He said that whole industry does not demands any kind of subsidy from the government but we always demanded is to provide smooth supply of gas and power.

Source: Pakistan Today

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