ISLAMABAD : The Cotton Crop Assessment Committee (CCAC) will meet here Monday to assess the volume of cotton crop for current sowing season besides making the estimates of crop damages due to recent torrential rains and flash floods across the country. “Recent rains and floods have destroyed many major and minor crops standing over million of hectares including cotton, rice sugarcane and tea besides seasonal vegetables,” said Cotton Development Commissioner, Dr. Khalid Abdullah.

Talking to APP here on Friday, he said that flood water was standing over a large area which affected the cotton crop adding that damage assessment teams have also been formulated to make the correct estimates of the losses made by the floods.

“These teams will visit the fields at tahsil and union council levels to collect the data by dividing the crops into two categories including fully damaged and partially damaged to develop the future mechanism”, he added.

The Cotton Commissioner said that post flood situation was also posing some major threats to crop health and its output as many viral, pest diseases outbreak including weeds growth in the fields is feared to affect the remaining plants in the field.

However, he advised the cotton growers to immediately take measures for the sanitation of standing crop from the fields as cotton plant could not survive more than 24 hours in the standing water.

Meanwhile, he also directed for ensuring direct sunlight to the plant besides removing the growing weeds and closely monitoring the pest attack in the fields.

Dr. Abdullah informed that crop outlook for the current sowing season was satisfactory and according to initial estimates about 13.25 million cotton bales were projected to produced this year.

In Punjab province 5.6 million cotton bales output were set to produce during recent season, 3.54 million bales from the Sindh province and 0.1 million bales form Balochistan and 0007 million cotton production targets set for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he added. However, he said that original picture of cotton crop would be cleared after the damage estimates and volume of the crop would also be assessed.