ISLAMABAD (APP) - The Ministry of Textile Industry Tuesday categorically rejected the claim of some organizations regarding manipulation in cotton production estimates for the current fiscal year. "The cotton production estimates issued by the Cotton Crop Assessment Committee (CCAC) for the current fiscal year are based on unbiased data and research," spokesman of the ministry said while reacting to various misleading figures provided by different organizations regarding cotton production.. He said CCAC is the authentic and official forum for the cotton crop assessment in the country. "The misleading figures being provided by the different organization are based on their vested interests and these are attempts to malfunction the market," the spokesman added. The estimate of CCAC is mainly based on data provided by Crop Reporting Service of Provincial Agriculture Departments that conduct structured surveys at fortnightly intervals on 500 representative villages in the cotton growing areas. The spokesman said that the crop estimates are based on different factors like germination, plant population, average number of balls per plant, average boll weight data, correlated with pest outbreak data, pest and disease prevalence, weather data, fertilizer and pesticide availability and usage, water availability and flood damages. The Ministry informed that the cotton crop assessment of 12.22 million bales amounting to 2.078 million tons which is a preliminary estimate based on international standard weight of bales i.e. 170 kg each. While, the bales being produced in the country are approximately of 150 kg. If, this weight is taken into consideration, the estimate rises to 13.852 million bales. The ministry has urged the organizations to provide their estimates in tons to avoid this ambiguity. Moreover, the ministry also highlighted that the decision regarding the estimates was made on a rational basis as per established methodology by mutual consultation with representatives of associations like APTMA, KCA and PCGA. It reiterated that it was an initial estimate which would be reviewed in 2nd meeting of CCAC on 23rd November.