Punjab, the biggest crop producing province in Pakistan, did not achieving its sowing target leading to a 12 per cent drop in production. As a result, the Pakistan’s Cotton Crop Assessment Committee (CCAC) estimated that cotton production would only be 12.6 million bales during the 2017-18 crop season, a drop of 10.26 per cent from the target of 14.04 million bales.
Water shortage has been the main reason behind the decline in crops. At a recent CCAC meeting in Islamabad the textile industry secretary, Hassan Iqbal, said the estimate may rise in future as the count of plants per acre and balls per plant rise. The committee estimates cotton crop production at 8.9 million bales in Punjab, 3.7 million bales in Sindh and 0.01 million bales each for Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The meeting was attended by representatives from All Pakistan Textile Mills Association, Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association and Pakistan Central Cotton Committee.
Cotton plant population has witnessed about 5.7 per cent rise whereas the average balls per plant grew by 40 per cent over last year.