‘PM’s cotton action plan eyeing 15m bales production in 2019’

MULTAN, Dec 31 (APP)::Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Cotton Action Plan will be implemented in letter and spirit to reach 15 million bales production milestone in 2019.This was stated by federal secretary national food security Dr. Muhammad Hashim Popalzai during a visit to Central Cotton Research Institute (CCRI) Multan on Monday, says a release.Cotton Commissioner and Vice President Pakistan Central
Cotton Committee (PCCC) Dr. Khalid Abdullah, and PCCC Director
Research Dr. Tasawur Hussain Malik accompanied the federal
secretary on the occasion.
Popalzai said the ministry of national food security
planned to follow three-point flawlessly strategy to achieve
the target given by the Prime Minister.
Explaining three-point strategy, Dr. Popalzai said
the ministry would make efforts to increase the cotton sown
area and completion of cotton sowing as per the target, to
ensure provision of pure and best quality seed and third
point relates to provision of quality pesticides.
He said all out efforts would be made to successfully
accomplish the Prime Minister’s commitment of achieving 15
million cotton bales in 2019.
He promised that a strategy would soon be finalized to
address administrative and financial issues of PCCC and
promotions and service structure matters of PCCC scientists
and officials.
Popalzai also appreciated agriculture scientists’
contribution towards cotton research.
Dr. Khalid Abdullah said Pakistan could easily achieve
15 million bales target provided cotton sowing target was
achieved.
He said varieties developed by PCCC’s research
facilities have good production potential.
He said PCCC agriculture scientists were busy day
and night to overpower every new challenge that confronts
cotton.
Earlier, CCRI Multan director Dr. Zahid Mahmood gave
briefing to the federal secretary on research body’s performance.
Later, federal secretary Dr. Hasham Popalzai visited
different sections, experimental fields and witnessed
demonstration of mechanized cotton picking.