MULTAN - Outgoing chairman of Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) Amanullah Qureshi has said that national cotton production is expected to reach 15 million bales this year despite losses caused by heavy rains and subsequent floods.

Talking to a group of journalists here Friday, Qureshi said that ginners had contributed significantly to 1.3 million bales exports of lint last year. The contribution is expected to be doubled this year, he added. He said the country could increase cotton production and enhance foreign exchange earnings through exports provided the agriculture department extends technical assistance and latest information to growers from cotton cultivation to picking besides transportation and storage.

He said that efforts made by PCGA saved growers from the burden of additional taxes worth Rs 300 million. He said that PCGA was updating its website daily that was benefitting growers and ginners of other countries including China and India.

He said that PCGA had held seminars in Sindh and Punjab to promote cotton cultivation and hoped that the process would continue in future.