Pakistan is facing loss of billions of rupees due to polluted cotton, said Assistant Director Agriculture here Tuesday.
He said that cotton picker women, farmers, middleman and other stakeholders should focus on neat and clean picking of cotton. He said the country received low price of cotton at international market, adding that Pakistan remained deprive of about two to three cents against one pound cotton due to impurities. Impurities meant that presence of bits of shopping bags, plastics, human hairs, birds feathers, "sapari", pieces of cigarettes, oil, paper etc, he added.
He stated that there should be supervision of cotton picking. He suggested that picker women should make line during picking of the cotton from agriculture field. The cotton plants should be picked from lower part. Similarly, the picked cotton should be placed at neat and clean sites.
The Assistant Director further said that the wages of picking should be given after grading related to cleanliness. The cotton must be transport in clean bags to ginning factories, he concluded.