KARACHI (APP) - Cotton production in the country has recorded a significant decline of 19.86 per cent to more than 8.357 million bales till December 1, 2010, over last years 10.427 million bales. According to a consolidated statement of Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) here Friday, the arrival has recorded a drop of more than 2.070 million bales in the fortnight. Punjab produced 5.262m bales, down by 22.36 percent over same period last years while Sindh crop was lower by 15.20 percent to 3.095 million bales over previous year. Of the total textile mills purchased 6.887 million bales during the period under review while exporters procured 389,070 bales, leaving an unsold stock of over 1.080 million bales at ginners. Chairman Karachi Cotton Brokers Forum Naseem Usman while commenting on the production said that devastating floods have badly damaged cotton crop and about 2.3 million bales have been destroyed.