Cotton production crosses 12mn bales
By Parvaiz Ishfaq Rana
sporadic use of BT cotton seeds this season, the crop
remained free from all diseases and no worth mentioning pest
attack was reported from Sindh and the Punjab, said cotton
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KARACHI: Sustained arrival of phutti from fields of Sindh
has enabled the country to harvest over 12 million bales of
cotton so far, thereby giving bright prospects of higher
production this season.
Official figures disclosed that cotton production up to Jan
15, 2010, stood at 12.239 million bales or 18.74 per cent
higher over corresponding period last year when production
stood at 10.322 million bales.
As a result of this, the country produced around 1.917
million bales more over the corresponding period last year.
A fabulous increase of cotton production in Sindh during the
period under review has brightened prospects for the country
to harvest over 13 million bales this season, cotton
analysts told Dawn on Monday.
Most encouraging development of this seasonís production
pattern is that never in the past, sustained arrival of
phutti was recorded for such a prolonged period, the analyst
As per past pattern, arrival of phutti normally starts to
slow down from second half of the month of November, but
this season for the first time, there is a sustained
arrival, particularly in the province.
According to the figures, Sindh produced 4.123
million bales up to Jan 15, 2010, as against 2.801
million bales during the same period last year,
showing an increase of 47.20 per cent.
As a result of higher arrival of phutti, the
province has so far produced around 1.322 million
bales more over the corresponding period last year.
Despite the fact that phutti arrival in the Punjab
also stood higher by 7.92 per cent at 8.116 million
bales, but there are indications that the arrival
may slow down as compared with the previous
fortnight (Dec 15 to 31).
This could also be verified from the fact that
during the out-going fortnight the overall phutti
arrival stood at 369,165 bales compared to 577,734
bales recorded last fortnight (Dec 15 to 31).
It is even more interesting that the spinners this
season purchased cotton at much higher paces,
thereby lifting over 2 million bales more at 10.353
million bales than the pervious year when they
booked around 8.524 million bales.
Exporters also purchased somewhat higher cotton this
season at 765,899 bales compared to 274,665 bales.
However, unsold stocks of cotton lying with ginners
stood higher at 1787,948 bales as against 1,121,018
bales in the same period last year.
Cotton analysts said that besides sporadic use of BT
cotton seeds this season, the crop remained free
from all diseases and no worth mentioning pest
attack was reported from Sindh and the Punjab..
Courtesy: The DAWN