LAHORE – Punjab Cotton Control Board has approved area and production targets of cotton in Punjab for 2012-13. At a meeting here on Tuesday, PCCB approved targets for cotton area 6.2 million acres, production of 10.5 million bales and average yield of cotton per acre 23.17 munds for 2012-13. Punjab Agriculture Secretary Mushtaq Ahmad, Agriculture (Extension) DG Dr Anjum Ali, Dr. Noor Ul Islam Agriculture (Research) DG Dr Noor-ul-Islam, Agricultural Information Director Rafique Akhtar, Cotton Commissioner Dr Khalid Abdullah and other members attended the meeting.Dr Anjum Ali told the meeting that cotton had been sown on an area of 5.926m acres which was 5.34pc less as compared to the last year’s area of cotton 6.261m acres. He further told that according to crop reporting services production of cotton for last year was 11.129 million bales (170 kg bale), while PCGA reported 12.132 million bales in Punjab. It was also told that for bringing 6.2 million acres of area under cotton crop, the seed requirement was calculated as 62,000 tons for Punjab and PSC has been directed to take all necessary measures in providing certified cotton seed of approved varieties to farmers well in time in the coming cotton season. PCCB reviewed and recommended revised cotton ginning/ licence fees to increase from existing Rs4,000 to Rs6,000 and Rs5,000 to Rs7,500 for four and five sawgin machine unites respectively. Secretary Agriculture Muhammad Mushtaq Ahmad has directed Agriculture (Ext.) DG to take steps in implementation of Punjab Cotton Control Ordinance 1966 and make sure cotton bale weight of 170 kg. Board also recommended to constitute a committee to review terms and conditions for new cotton ginning, pressing and cotton oil seed factories and present its recommendations in the next meeting for approval from the PCCB.