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Pakistan unable to meet set target of 7.28 million acres of cotton plantation

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Water crisis has adversely affected the sowing of cotton. The ideal days to plant crop have lapsed which was till the end of May and delay can result in lesser produce, poor fiber quality and the plant canopy below normal can raise the whitefly and bollworm attack.

The official data based on the end of May, 2018 has revealed on a national level approximately 62% cotton plantations was recorded from a target of 7.28 million acres. Cotton plantation in Punjab was 77% which is 4.39 million acres out of target set at 5.70 million acres and Sindh it was only 46% which is 0.68 million acres out of a target set at 1.50 million acres.

A senior at Punjab agriculture department stressed over the widespread water shortage which will severely impact the cotton sowing as well as the later sowing of cotton which will hit the output of cotton. He added that the farmers who come in the sweet water zone are directed to use tube well water for cotton sowing.