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Thursday, 13 October 2016
ONE DAY CONFERENCE ON COTTON, ORGANIZED BY THE KARACHI COTTON ASSOCIATION ON 15-03-2016 AT MARRIOTT HOTEL, KARACHI

One Day Conference on Cotton was organized by the Karachi Cotton Association with the participation of Private Sector and the Government, was held on 15-03-2016 at Marriott Hotel, Karachi to determine the actual causes of cotton crop failure in 2015-16 season and evolve necessary plan of action for better cotton crop next year.

The Conference was presided-over by Chairman, the KCA and attended by Shaikh Khalid Tawab, Senior Vice-President, FPCCI, Karachi, Mr. Tariq Saud, Chairman, APTMA, Mr. Shahzad Ali Khan, Chairman, PCGA, Malik Afaq Ahmed Tiwana, CEO, Famers Associates of Pakistan, Mr. Khalid Mahmood Khokhar, President, Pakistan Kissan Ittehad, Dr. Khalid Abdullah, Cotton Commissioner, MINTEX, Dr. Mohammad Ali Talpur, Director Marketing and Economic Research, PCCC as well as prominent members of the KCA,

PCGA and APTMA.

Khawaja Tahir Mahmood, Chairman, the KCA gave a comprehensive multimedia presentation on Pakistan Cotton Crop situation. He highlighted different aspects and made comparison of Pakistan with the major cotton producing countries of the world.

Mr. Tariq Saud, Chairman, APTMA, Mr. Shahzad Ali Khan, Chairman, PCGA, Malik Afaq Ahmed Tiwana, CEO, FAP, Mr. Khalid Mahmood Khokhar, President, Pakistan Kissan Ittehad, Dr. Khalid Abdullah, Cotton Commissioner, MINTEX highlighted the role of Textile Industry, Ginning practices, availability of certified seeds, pesticides and reasons for crop failure in Pakistan for the current year respectively.

After detailed discussion, the participants listed the following as causes of cotton crop failure in 2015-16 season :-

1 Non Availability of proper certified cotton seed

2 Insufficient government advisory

3 Heavy Pest infestation mainly "Pink Bollworm"

4 Climate Change

5 Substandard pesticides 6 Low seed-cotton prices, disheartened growers

7 Untimely heavy rains

8 Timing for sowing of crop

9 Improper Crop Management

10 Sowing of Sugar cane in cotton growing areas

11 Poor Marketing system for cotton growers. Forced sale at harvest time.

The Conference also unanimously passed the following Resolutions to get better cotton crop in next cotton season as well as in subsequent cotton seasons:-

1. To ensure supply of Certified Cotton Seed to the growers by the government through local and international companies.

2. Provincial Extension departments of governments of Punjab and Sindh to be activated for optimal performance.

3. To remove tax on import and subsidy on export of Sugar as in the case of cotton.

4. To ensure enforcement of Cotton Control Act by the government in letter and spirit.

5. To declare Agriculture / Cotton Emergency by the government.

6. Eliminate / remove all taxes on Agriculture Inputs including GST.

7. Amalgamate Agricultural Research and Extension Services under the leadership of Agricultural University System and increase funding, if needed. The Conference, with a unanimous decision, formed a Task Force. The mandate of the Task Force is to take all actions necessary for getting better cotton crop in the next year. Further, it was decided that Secretary General of the KCA will be the Secretary of the Task Force.



The Conference ended with a vote of thanks by Syed Muhammad Sameer, Vice- Chairman, the KCA.


 


 

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