STAFF REPORT KHI: Sindh is expected to produce five million bales of cotton this year going by the seasonal sowing trend in areas commanded by the Kotri Barrage. However, this will largely depend on favourable weather conditions and regular supply of irrigation water. Cotton production has remained below normal due to floods and heavy rains over the past two years.
“Tharparker has achieved 105 per cent the targeted sowing, Umerkot 102 per cent, Tando Mohammad Khan 99 per cent, Matiari 97 per cent, Thatta 95 per cent, Hyderabad 85 per cent, Badin 80 per cent and Jamshoro 79 per cent,” reveals the data released by the agriculture department.
It said that in the cotton belt of upper Sindh, the sowing percentage is not so high except in Benazirabad (Nawabshah) with 95 per cent of the targeted area. Among other areas Khairpur has reported 85 per cent sowing, Naushero Feroz 76 per cent, Sukkar 85 per cent and Ghotki 40 per cent.
Overall, against a sowing target for the current season at 650,000 hectares cotton plantation has reached 499,331 hectares by June 15, giving a target of 77 per cent. Farm experts believe that the overall sowing rate is satisfactory and the province will regain its production level of five million bales.

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