Cotton production stands at 10.7 million bales

Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) on Saturday released its fortnightly report indicating national cotton production at 10.7 million bales, showing a percentage increase by 9.99 percent. Seed cotton (Phutti) equivalent to over 10,072, 224 bales of cotton have reached ginneries across Pakistan as of March 15, 2017, showing an increase of 9.99 percent compared to corresponding period last year when ginneries received 97,48,518 bales. According to the 12th fortnightly report of Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) issued here on Saturday, Chairman of PCGA Dr Jeso Mal, Ex-Chairman Shehzad Ali Khan and group Chairman Haji Muhammad Akram, Senior Vice Chairman Suhail Mehmood Haral briefed the media men about cotton production and said that out of the total arrivals, 10.72 million bales of cotton have been converted into bales so far. Ginneries in Punjab recorded arrival of 69,351,34 bales recorded increase of 15.92 percent. Sindh ginneries recorded arrival of 37,871,11 bales while last year Sindh received 37,660,37 bales merely 0.56 percent more. Ginneries in Sindh recorded an increase of 0.56 percent as compared to corresponding period last year. Textile mills have bought 10,048,592 bales while exporters bought 2,02,356 bales. The total bales sold out so far were calculated at 10,250,948 bales. While 4,712,97 bales are lying unsold. Multan received 2,94,482 bales 127.09 percent increase than last year, Lodhran 1,91,923 bales 96.97 percent increase, Khanewal 5,797,38 bales 43.30 percent, Muzaffargarh 3,26,680 bales an increase of 22,18 percent, Dera Ghazi Khan 3,36,832 an increase of 15.69 percent, Rajanpur 3,33,312 bales, 17.79 percent decrease, Layyah 2,69,241 bales 6.85 percent increase, Vehari 3,83,053 bales 22.99 percent increase, Sahiwal 2,11,844 bales 17.20 percent less than last year,Qasur, Nil, Pakpattan 41,909 bales 37.01 less, Okara 19,086- 13.63 percent less, Toba Tek Singh 1,58,529 bales, Faisalabad 41,080 bales 26.64 percent less than last year, Jhang 30,102 showing decrease of 26.51 percent, Mianwali 2,64,342 a decrease of 22.15 percent, Bhakkar 61,641 (25.25 percent less) Sargodha 9,847(12.07 percent less), Rahimyar Khan 11,45,066 bales (Merely 2.90 percent increase), Bahawalpur 9,83,703 an increase of 33.69 percent, and Bahawalnagar 12,52,724 an increase of 34 percent. In Sindh: Hyderabad 2,27,486 bales 9.27 percent less than last year, Mirpur Khas (Thar) 2,70,524 bales one percent less, Sangarh, 12,30,910 bales 7.83 percent decrease, Nawabshah 3,27,157 bales (4.65 percent increase), Naushero Feroze 3,36,411 bales (18.84 percent increase), Khairpur 2,89,517 (9 percent increase) Ghotki 3,01,574 (3.88 percent increase), Sukkur 5,43,742 (19.26 percent increase)Dadu 44,791 bales (25.26 percent increase) Jamshoro 1,12,036 bales (15.76 percent less), Badeen 27,027 bales 14.47 percent less) and Balochistan 75,936 bales (an increase of 32,12 percent). Total 11 ginning factories are operational in the country.