The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) has urged the government to ensure low cost of inputs to cotton farmers, implement a law relating to zoning system to regain cotton are and quickly provide quality cotton seed and extension services to farmers. It also demanded a regulatory regime for quality seed production and elimination of pest adulteration.
Association chairman Syed Ali Ahsan and patron-in-chief Gohar Ejaz have also appreciated Prime Minister Imran Khan for his initiative to achieve 15 million cotton bales by next year.
Ahsan said cotton production, which has declined by 27 per cent, has witnessed by 17 per cent drop in area under cultivation and 12 per cent decrease in per acre yield since 2014-15.
Therefore, the industry had no other option but to import cotton, which pushed the cotton import to 3.59 million bales, worth $1.22 billion, last year, he said.
Gohar said the achieving of $26 billion textile exports, 15 million bales of cotton production, revival of $4 billion closed potential, job creation and further investment in textile sector are all subject to a successful and fast track implementation of prime minister’s initiatives.