Clean cotton can help get better price in world markets: PCGA

MULTAN: Chairman Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) Haji Mohammad Akram stressed the government to take urgent measures for clean picking of cotton.

“Neat and clean cotton could help earn more foreign exchange,” the newly elected PCGA chairman said while talking to reporter on Monday.

He said that the price of Pakistani cotton in international markets was lower due to presence of trash in it, and picking of cotton on time of extreme moisture. The government should ban picking of cotton during extreme moisture time as it affects quality of cotton, he added.

The PCGA chairman said that nearly two to eight kilograms of trash was found in every 40-kg of cotton, which is alarming.

To a question, Akram said that Pakistan was likely to produce 12 million cotton bales in the ongoing season. He said that Chief Minister Punjab Mohammad Shehbaz Sharif had allocated four acres of land for

Ginning Institute in 2009, but they were waiting for installation of machinery and deputation of staffers at the Institute.