October 28, 2013
Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) chairman Mukhtar Ahmed said that Pakistan can increase its cotton production up to 25 million bales if the well germinated, certified and qualitative seed, unadulterated fertilisers and pesticides and water for irrigation is available on reasonable price.
He said that proposal was not approved for establishment of a Centre of Excellence at the CCRI Multan through restructuring of PCCC by strengthening and activating it to pursue a dynamic cotton research and development programme to boost cotton production and its quality in the country.
Further, PCCC does not have a separate biotech lab for conducting present day cotton research. In addition, various research functions are not properly established including virology, chemical studies and farm management.
PCGA urged Chief Minister Punjab to intervene to save the institution of cotton research to increase cotton production from 13 million bales to 25 million bales by 2020, as 70 percent production and consumption exist in Punjab. PCGA demanded for bringing a change in PCCC with the consent of all stakeholders, an immediate third-party audit of the PCCC funds and inquiry into its misappropriation and misuse as there is no audit sub-committee and no internal audit function in place. Courtesy Business Recorder
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