Cotton production falls by 34pc, lowest in 30 years

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The country’s cotton production fell by 34.35 per cent to 5.571 million bales up to Jan 31 against 8.487m bales produced in the same period of last year, the Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) said in its fortnightly report released on Wednesday.


Meanwhile, commenting on the shortfall of 2.9 million bales and the dire situation, textile industry representatives said poor productivity could erode viability of the export-oriented textile sector, which has 55 to 60pc contribution in overall exports of the country.


“This is the lowest cotton production in 30 years which is alarming for the textile sector as well as for exports,” said cotton expert and Chairman of the Cotton Brokers Forum Nasim Usman.


Both Punjab and Sindh reported a significant fall in cotton production.


Cotton production in Punjab till the end of January was 3.436m bales compared to 5.014m bales produced in the same period of last year — a fall of 31.5pc. However, production in Sindh fell by 38.5pc to 2.134m bales from 3.472m noted in the same period of last year.


Though textile exports went up by 7.8pc to fetch $7.442 billion during the first six months of the current fiscal, industry had to import cotton worth $321m in the first five months of the current financial year.


Mr Usman said a roundtable conference of stakeholders was organised in Islamabad on Wednesday to find out the reasons for the steep fall of cotton production and resolution of problems.


The growers are facing seed problems while the area of cultivation has also dropped. The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) reported recently that the area dedicated to the crop recorded at 2.2m hectares, the lowest since FY82. The SBP also declared that the cotton crop has lost its competitiveness relative to other major crops, in particular sugarcane.


“The shortage of cotton has increased the cost of production as textile millers have to import costlier cotton,” said Asif Inam, zonal head of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma).


“Imported cotton is 15pc costlier than the local cotton but we are trying to adjust this additional cost and increase exports,” the Aptma representative said.


Cotton production fell for the third consecutive year as area under production declined while yields failed to reach targeted levels.


The pricing dynamics have tended to give sugarcane an edge over cotton, which has manifested in the switching of area away from the crop in favor of sugarcane.


Cotton experts said the main problem was the seed which is 10 years old. The growers require new seeds either by imports or through production in the country. The yield of the old seeds is declining each year.


“It takes at least three years to produce new seeds,” said Mr Usman. The cotton and textile industry feel that seed germination will be a major problem to maintain plant population as field tests show the range of 40-60pc germination against the normal requirement of more than 80pc.

 
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alisajid

Senator (1k+ posts)
To understand the reason please refer to Sugar act 1976....if you establish a sugar mill in an area, by law, all the farmers in the 2 mile region "shall" convert to sugarcane farming.....no matter its cotton or rice grown area...
 

zaheer2003

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
The country’s cotton production fell by 34.35 per cent to 5.571 million bales up to Jan 31 against 8.487m bales produced in the same period of last year, the Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) said in its fortnightly report released on Wednesday.


Meanwhile, commenting on the shortfall of 2.9 million bales and the dire situation, textile industry representatives said poor productivity could erode viability of the export-oriented textile sector, which has 55 to 60pc contribution in overall exports of the country.


“This is the lowest cotton production in 30 years which is alarming for the textile sector as well as for exports,” said cotton expert and Chairman of the Cotton Brokers Forum Nasim Usman.


Both Punjab and Sindh reported a significant fall in cotton production.


Cotton production in Punjab till the end of January was 3.436m bales compared to 5.014m bales produced in the same period of last year — a fall of 31.5pc. However, production in Sindh fell by 38.5pc to 2.134m bales from 3.472m noted in the same period of last year.


Though textile exports went up by 7.8pc to fetch $7.442 billion during the first six months of the current fiscal, industry had to import cotton worth $321m in the first five months of the current financial year.


Mr Usman said a roundtable conference of stakeholders was organised in Islamabad on Wednesday to find out the reasons for the steep fall of cotton production and resolution of problems.


The growers are facing seed problems while the area of cultivation has also dropped. The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) reported recently that the area dedicated to the crop recorded at 2.2m hectares, the lowest since FY82. The SBP also declared that the cotton crop has lost its competitiveness relative to other major crops, in particular sugarcane.


“The shortage of cotton has increased the cost of production as textile millers have to import costlier cotton,” said Asif Inam, zonal head of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma).


“Imported cotton is 15pc costlier than the local cotton but we are trying to adjust this additional cost and increase exports,” the Aptma representative said.


Cotton production fell for the third consecutive year as area under production declined while yields failed to reach targeted levels.


The pricing dynamics have tended to give sugarcane an edge over cotton, which has manifested in the switching of area away from the crop in favor of sugarcane.


Cotton experts said the main problem was the seed which is 10 years old. The growers require new seeds either by imports or through production in the country. The yield of the old seeds is declining each year.


“It takes at least three years to produce new seeds,” said Mr Usman. The cotton and textile industry feel that seed germination will be a major problem to maintain plant population as field tests show the range of 40-60pc germination against the normal requirement of more than 80pc.

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arafay

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
This is a long term trend that began under Zardari and really picked up under Nawaz lal nehru. I think it is better to open sugar cane import so farmers lose money on planting sugar. Instead they will look towards growing cotton which has a good price both in Pakistan because of our huge textile export industry.
 

Sohail Shuja

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Whole Answer:

The GDP value for each of the five major crops is:

1- Wheat = 1.7%
2- Cotton = 1%
3- Sugarcane = 0.7%
4- Rice = 0.6%
5- Maize = 0.5%

So far, it statistically looks good that if other crops are booming, they will mitigate the negative impact of cotton. But, it does not explain how the problem will be compounded and how it is going to have a multiplier effect on our economy. It will be just like saying that if one woman give birth to a child in nine months, then nine women can do the same in one month.

There are market dynamics which are going to be disturbed. Textile is the major export base of our country. So, if Pakistan loses a market somewhere, the gap will be filled by any other. But once that gap is filled, it will be very difficult for Pakistan to regain that market again, the very next year when we will have a good crop. Moreover, it is also a fact that if we increase the production of sugar and rice etc, will it bring the same fortune through export? will Pakistan be able to get a market for its new products?

The answer is very tricky.

But, the real answer is that now we are compelled to import raw cotton bales. The Government is supposed to provide subsidy on it. This is all the dirty game this JKT and Buzdar nexus has yielded so far. Like in sugar and wheat last year, this time they are playing with the cotton. APTMA has also learned the game.

First of all, the Minister for Agriculture should be called up on the floor of the house to explain such BLUNDER with the major crop of Pakistan, which is the driving wheel of our export. It would have been far cheaper to import the seed of cotton in time than importing raw cotton bales now and that too on Governments subsidy.

So, in order to maintain the current account situation, our fiscal deficit will be widened, further.
 

Okara

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
The GDP value for each of the five major crops is:

1- Wheat = 1.7%
2- Cotton = 1%
3- Sugarcane = 0.7%
4- Rice = 0.6%
5- Maize = 0.5%

So far, it statistically looks good that if other crops are booming, they will mitigate the negative impact of cotton. But, it does not explain how the problem will be compounded and how it is going to have a multiplier effect on our economy. It will be just like saying that if one woman give birth to a child in nine months, then nine women can do the same in one month.

There are market dynamics which are going to be disturbed. Textile is the major export base of our country. So, if Pakistan loses a market somewhere, the gap will be filled by any other. But once that gap is filled, it will be very difficult for Pakistan to regain that market again, the very next year when we will have a good crop. Moreover, it is also a fact that if we increase the production of sugar and rice etc, will it bring the same fortune through export? will Pakistan be able to get a market for its new products?

The answer is very tricky.

But, the real answer is that now we are compelled to import raw cotton bales. The Government is supposed to provide subsidy on it. This is all the dirty game this JKT and Buzdar nexus has yielded so far. Like in sugar and wheat last year, this time they are playing with the cotton. APTMA has also learned the game.

First of all, the Minister for Agriculture should be called up on the floor of the house to explain such BLUNDER with the major crop of Pakistan, which is the driving wheel of our export. It would have been far cheaper to import the seed of cotton in time than importing raw cotton bales now and that too on Governments subsidy.

So, in order to maintain the current account situation, our fiscal deficit will be widened, further.
In short u are saying Subsidy of 3 billions given by Buzdar out of 27 billions given by Zaradari+Shareef+Buzdar is the reason for the loss of production of cotton?
 

Sohail Shuja

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
In short u are saying Subsidy of 3 billions given by Buzdar out of 27 billions given by Zaradari+Shareef+Buzdar is the reason for the loss of production of cotton?
Not really about the subsidy, but its timings and impacts.
If the subsidy had been extended on cotton for its seeds, the impact would be way too different.

Moreover, such subsidies were given in the past. Nothing which the Punjab Agriculture Dept does not know.


Even in the article by the OP, the reasons mentioned for low productivity are shortage of seeds.
 

Okara

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Not really about the subsidy, but its timings and impacts.
If the subsidy had been extended on cotton for its seeds, the impact would be way too different.

Moreover, such subsidies were given in the past. Nothing which the Punjab Agriculture Dept does not know.


Even in the article by the OP, the reasons mentioned for low productivity are shortage of seeds.
Why did the experienced teams of PPP/PMLN no decide to give subsidy to cotton growers?
 
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