HYDERABAD (APP) - The Sindh Chamber of Agriculture (SCA) has called upon the government to increase the purchase price of cotton by at least 30 per cent from the current rate of around Rs 2,300 per 40 kilograms. A meeting of SCA held here Friday presided over by its president Dr Syed Nadeem Qamar, contended that the growers should be paid the price of cotton as per its rate in the international market. We do not accept the rate of Rs 2,300 per 40kg, said Dr Qamar, adding that the government imported 2 million bales of cotton last year to meet the shortfall by spending around $2 billion. Last year 11.5 million bales were produced locally which fell short of the estimated demand of 15 million bales, he said. According to Dr Qamar, the growers in Pakistan increased cotton sowing this year in view of last years import. The government will be discouraging the growers if it does not pay the price they deserve for their crop, Nabi Bux Sathio maintained. Cotton rate in the international market is hovering above Rs 3,800 per 40kg, he said. The meeting also discussed the soaring rate of urea fertiliser and its black marketing by unregistered dealers. Senior Vice-President of SCA Akhund Ghulam Muhammad Siddiqui said that the expensive fertiliser had caused a reduction in cultivation of 3 major crops including cotton, rice and spices. The government should fix a control price of fertiliser at which it is sold to the growers in all parts of the country, he demanded.