MULTAN – Central Executive Committee of Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) has urged the government to set up a commission headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court to investigate the cause of decline in cotton yield.
Presiding over a meeting, PCGA chairman Nawab Shehzad Ali Khan regretted that National cotton policy could not be framed so far and approval of the Cotton seed act and Breeders Proprietary Rights act were pending.
He said that Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif should come forward to save the Rs 1500 billion cotton economy and fix the production target at 20 million bales for the next season.
He said that well-germinated and internationally certified seed be provided to farmers to achieve the targets.
He said that farmers had suffered a loss of Rs 50 billion this season and they were forced to sell their cattle heads to meet their daily expenses. PCGA chairman said that there were more than 700 registered seed companies but they had not agricultural scientist or expert.
The meeting was attended by Haji Muhammad Akram, Group Chairman, Ex-Chairmen Haji Hafeez Anwar, Mukhtar Ahmed Baloch, Amanullah Qureshi, Mahesh Kumar, Sheikh Muhammad Saeed and member of central executive committee.
Source: The Nation