ISLAMABAD – Cotton commissioner Ministry of Textile Industry Dr.Khaild Abdullah has said that Pesticides act is needed to be amended in order to further enhance the capacity of cotton industry as 70 per cent pesticides were used for cotton purposes.

While talking to Online Dr.Khaild Abdullah said country’s seeds requirements were about forty thousand metric tons whereas only ten percent seed available on the time of cultivation. He suggested that seed requirements of the country can be fulfilled by adopting state of the art and latest technology.

He said that Seed Act 1976 and Seed (Amended) Act 2005 should be made more effective in a bid to ensure the sale of approved quality seed. He pointed out that the extension of staff of Agriculture Department may also be empowered under Seed Act.

Dr.Khaild said that illegal and substandard seeds were being sold in the open market because seed industry has not sufficient manpower to handle demand of seeds. According to an official the country’s cotton production can be increased by 62.5 per cent by developing seed industry, controlling weeds and pests and adopting improved crop management techniques.

The official said the Punjab Cotton Control Ordinance 1966 amended up to 2002, further needs to be amended to provide mandatory marking of cotton grade, staple length on each cotton bale for the improvement of the standard and quality of cotton.

The official added that the government keeping in view the international quality standards may introduce HVI testing and marking system on the cotton bales so as to be able to compete in international market. For this purpose a time frame may be allowed to the ginners to upgrade their ginning factories and adopt HVI classification.