ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Textile Industry had so for trained 400 cotton growers and field workers in Punjab and Sindh for clean cotton picking and maintaining cotton fibre quality parameters. The ministry had organised seven training workshops on clean cotton picking to aware the farmers and field workers to minimise the adulteration in the product to enhance and improve the quality of the crop and get maximum prices, said Cotton Development Commissioner Dr Khalid Abdullah. Pakistan was the fourth largest cotton producer in the world; however, it was ranked fifth in the world in terms of cotton contamination. Due to adulteration and contamination of different particulars at field level and storage, local cotton was sold at 15-20 cents per pound less in the international market. He said that if contamination issues were addressed at the field level it will put positive impact on the final product and maximise the profit of the commodity.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 10th, 2013.
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