“They said that total 946 ginning factories are operational in Sindh and
Punjab Of them 731 ginneries in Punjab and 215 in Sindh out of total
1200. Recent floods had badly hit the cotton crop in the districts of
Muzaffargarh, Layyah, Rajanpur, Multan and Dera Ghazi Khan. They said
that 41.70 percent cotton was destroyed in Muzaffargarh, 58.81 percent
in Rajanpur, 17.64 percent in Dera Ghazi Khan, 15.58 in Jhang, 21.12
percent in Hyderabad and 25.34 percent in Ghotki. ” “..

Cotton production in the country has declined by 14.17 percent as the
arrivals recorded at the ginneries as on January Ist, 2011 stood at
1,02,40,366 bales, showing a decrease of 14.17 percent from 1,19,30,794
bales received in the corresponding period of last year. ” “..

The report reveals an increase of 17.05 percent in cotton in Lodhran
district, 67.79 percent increase in Mianwali district, and 9.71 percent
increase in Balochistan. The unsold stock is 11,75,473 bales less than
last year, which was 12,66,844. The Chairman of Pakistan Cotton Ginners
Association (PCGA), Masood A Majeed briefed reporters about the
fortnightly report. ” “..

Punjab contributed 67,51,217 bales, Sindh 34,89,149 bales and
Balochistan 24,118 bales to take the total to 1,02,40,366 bales.
District-wise production data showed that Multan contributed 3,57,478
bales, Lodhran 1,96,059 bales, Khanewal 6,80,275 bales, Muzaffargarh
2,20,672 bales, Dera Ghazi Khan 2,66,209 bales, Rajanpur 1,84,295 bales,
Layyah 1,60,930 bales, Vehari 6,94,162 bales, Sahiwal 5,05,255 bales,
Pakpattan 2,43,186 bales, Okara 45,024 bales, Kasur 7,150 bales, Toba
Tek Singh 2,49,684 bales, Faisalabad 1,04,780 bales, Jhang 1,44,526
bales, Mianwali 1,27,000 bales, Bhakkar 81,700 bales, Rahim Yar Khan
8,51,528 bales, Bahawalpur 7,75,238 bales, and Bahawalnagar 8,19,616
bales. ” “..

Sindh’s district-wise production figures were: Hyderabad 3,32,952 bales,
Mirpurkhas 3,72,168 bales, Sanghar 14,83,617 bales, Nawabshah 3,24,778
bales, Naushero Feroze 1,90,282 bales, Khairpur 2,01,479 bales, Ghotki
1,85,318 bales, Sukkur 2,64,592 bales, and Dadu 1,09,845 bales. ” “..

Balochistan added 24,118 bales to the total. The arrivals figures
recorded so far are the lowest Pakistan ever had. PCGA claimed that 2
million bales were destroyed in recent floods in Punjab and Sindh.
Policy-makers may hope that bumper cotton crop will help the government
make deficiency in other areas, taking the annual growth rates to over 7
percent. ” “..

The chairman PCGA reiterated demand to the government to announce relief
and bail out package for cotton ginning factories of flood-hit areas
and survey of such areas should be completed shortly. The report said
that the ginners pressed 99,63,191 bales. Only 4,28,000 bales were
exported by commercial exporters (which were purchased from Sindh), and
merely 45,300 bales were purchased from Punjab. The textile industry
purchased 86,36,893 bales and 11,75,473 bales were available with
ginners as unsold stock.
” ”