Cotton sowing witnessed 1% growth during current crop season

Cotton crop sowing had registered over 1 percent increase across the crop producing areas of the country as compared with the cultivation of corresponding period of last season as it had been sown over 2.69 million hectares of land.

According to officials of Ministry of National Food Security and Research, the cotton sowing targets were fixed at 2.95 million hectares in order to produce over 14 million cotton bales during the crop season 2018-19 in order to fulfil the domestic requirements as well as for exporting.

The crop cultivation targets, which were fixed for the current sowing season, were achieved by over 91 percent as it went up by 1.0% as compared with the area under cotton crop cultivation during same period of last year.

He said that over all cotton sowing in the Province of Punjab registered about 11 percent growth as it was cultivated over 2.29 million hectares of land during this period.

However, crop sowing in Sindh Province decreased by 40 percent due to low sowing trend with dry weather and shortage of water for crop irrigation.

Source: Radio Pakistan