RAHIM YAR KHAN: Balochistan on Wednesday marked the certification of Pakistan’s first natural cotton bale at a rite held at Kot Sabzal. Balochistan’s
WWF-Pakistan Director General Hamad Naqi Khan mentioned, “We have made a major breakthrough in the cotton sector of the country that will benefit stakeholders and the overall economy of Pakistan.”
In his remarks, Secretary Agriculture Balochistan Khaleeq Nazar Kiyani preferred the efforts of WWF-Pakistan and the Agriculture Extension staff.
“The certification is a step towards a more sustainable Pakistan. Production of organic cotton will propel the cotton sector into a new direction,” he mentioned.
Later, a consultative workshop used to be carried out by which representatives from ginners, spinners, textiles, brokers
Later, a consultative workshop used to be carried out by which representatives from ginners, spinners, textiles, brokers and types participated and presented their concerns regarding construction of a tenable provide chain of natural cotton in Pakistan. WWF-Pakistan’s Director Sustainable Agriculture and Food Programme Arif Hamid Makhdum conducted the introductory session.
In 2015, WWF-Pakistan secured financial toughen from the C&A Foundation, and in collaboration with Balochistan’s Directorate of Agriculture Extension began work on a challenge titled ‘Organic Cotton Cultivation Promotion with Small and Marginal Tribal Farmers in Pakistan’.
The mission is helping beef up livelihoods of smallholder cotton farmers through selling natural cotton cultivation and building of its supply chain.
Organic cotton is grown with out the usage of any chemical fertilisers or pesticides and is cultivated on land that is detoxified from residues of chemical fertilisers and insecticides over a duration of a minimum of 3 years.
Seeds used to develop natural cotton aren’t genetically changed and are saved clean from chemical impurities all through processing and packaging.
If the cotton crop produced adheres to the criteria of organic cotton farming in its preliminary two years, it is known as in conversion cotton. By the third yr, the yield is certified as natural cotton.
Pakistan is the fifth largest manufacturer of cotton on the earth and the 3rd biggest exporter of raw cotton.
Cotton and its products contribute about 10 per cent to gross domestic product and 55computer to the foreign currency income of the rustic.