ISLAMABAD - With the shortage of water in canals that irrigate the Punjab belt, now Cotton Leaf Curl Virus (CLCV) is fast becoming a major threat to affect 'White Gold production target estimated as 14.01 million bales this year. Cotton Leaf Curl Virus (CLCV) caused due to pests like 'Jassid and 'White fly is chiefly affecting core cotton areas of the country. On the other hand, it is the need of the hour to meet the production target of cotton as the industries based on cotton are already shaking due to power crisis, high rate of interest and massive unsystemise export of yarn, agriculture pundits assumed. Here the question arises whether Pakistan would be able to cope with the local demand of cotton as in the outgoing year the country exported huge quantity of yarn and cotton to the different countries. It would not be out of place to mention here that last year international market had not witnessed good yield of cotton crops. Textile industry that is already in hot water, official of the concerned ministry said, has its 55 percent share in the overall export. In the outgoing fiscal year, it witnessed further increase as it also exported yarn to China, which was facing crisis that time. As a result, the textile industry in the country has to bear the brunt due to dearth because of excessive export. Federal Committee on Agriculture in its latest targets assumed 14.01m bales throughout the country and yield around 800 Kilogram/Hectare. The area-wise figures show that among over all 3.20 million hectare area, Punjab occupies 2.50m hectares, Sindh 0.65m hectares, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa .01m hectares and Balochistan .04m hectares. As per the production target, Punjab stands on over 10m bales, while Sindh on 3.25m bales. When contacted, former ADC Agriculture Ministry said that in 90s Multan leaf virus had affected the crops but it was brought under the control. Later, another Burewala virus emerged which was also controlled. He further said that CLCV also appeared during last year and was successfully controlled. To a question, he said that CLCV was affecting the cotton areas. It is significant to mention here that only Southern Punjab region is mainly covering over 70 percent production of cotton in the whole country, while this year shortage of water in biennial canals might affect the crop yield badly. This is the suitable time to irrigate cotton plant, but the shortage of water in biannual canals in the area is a real threat for the crop, said an agriculture expert. Agriculture experts also viewed that loadshedding was also affecting the production, as tube-well water can never be the compensatory for irrigation. When contacted, President Kisan Board Punjab Malik Fiyaz said that Cotton Leaf Curl Virus (CLCV) was badly affecting this year. He was of the view that Bio-scientists should not introduce new seeds before the previous ones are refined.