Pakistani media recently reported that the country’s cotton production fell by 34% in 2022/2023. , to 4.9 million bales, the lowest level in 40 years. The country’s cotton output last year was 7.44 million bales. Among them, cotton production in Sindh Province fell by 46%, and that in Punjab Province fell by 32%.
Analysts said the country’s cotton production fell, analysts said Mainly because the main producing areas of Sindh and southern Punjab suffered from floods in summer. The decline in cotton production means that the country’s textile industry will need to import large quantities of cotton.
Although most of this year’s crop losses were caused by flooding, After Pakistan’s cotton output reached a record high of 11.1 million bales in 2004/2005, the country’s cotton industry has been facing many challenges. In other parts of the world, such as India, cotton output is at record highs.
Analysts said that several factors have led to the decline in cotton production in the country , these factors include pests and diseases, unstable weather patterns and irregular precipitation, poor seed poor quality and low yields. At the same time, the country’s government encourages farmers to plant sugar cane and other cash crops, which has also led to a reduction in the cotton planting area in the country’s traditional cotton growing areas.
Data shows that due to slowing global demand and domestic fiber supply shortages , the country’s textile exports fell by nearly a third in the first eight months of this fiscal year.