Pakistan’s cotton yield likely to cross 14.2m bales 

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ISLAMABAD: The Cotton crop’s output during the current season is expected to cross 14.23 million bales. The anticipation comes due to a 2% increase in area under cultivation during the period under review compared to the last year.

The favourable weather conditions, suitable climate position for the crop, better management and low intensity of pest attacks in Punjab and Sindh this year were indications of a significant growth in output, said Pakistan Central Cotton Committee vice-president Dr Khalid Abdullah.

Talking to APP on Tuesday, he added that whitefly attacks on the cotton crop in Punjab had reduced from 17% last year to 12% this year. However, he lamented that the cotton crop in Sindh had remained water-stressed due to below average rainfall in agricultural areas.