ISLAMABAD - Minister for National Food Security and Research, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan on Tuesday directed to form a committee to look into the matter of bale (cotton) weight as per international practice.

The matter was brought to his notice that the international set practice is to export cotton bail of 170 kg. However, some factions in cotton export sector have been providing bails with 150 kg to 160 kg, he was informed in a meeting held here on Tuesday.

This erroneous practice will ultimately malign the whole cotton sector on international level.

The Federal Minister took strict notice of this matter and directed the committee to submit its report in next meeting to be held before end of calendar year.

The committee will be comprising of representative from All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), Cotton growers, Exporters, Provincial Government Secretaries of Punjab & Sindh and KCC.

Meanwhile, the Minister for National Food Security and Research has shown displeasure for conducting the meeting of the Governing Body of Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC) after delay of two years. The Federal Minister shared his reservations on absence of senior provincial representatives from the Committee meeting. The federal minister also showed his concerns on the report of Textile Board meeting.

"Cotton is a pivotal entity and a backbone of our national economy. Neglect in attending official affairs relevant to cotton growing, picking and production is unacceptable, especially on part of provincial government superiors, he added.

He directed the Secretary PCCC to call an explanation of the members absent from this meeting which was already held after a long lapse.

During the meeting serious issues were discussed in detail, including; conducting of private audit under PPRA Rules, inquire on condition of Sakrand facility, verification of pensioners by NADRA. The federal minister also directed to take strict action against the director ARSC (Agricultural Research Subcommittee) for not submitting the report till date.

During the review of PCCC 3 year performance (2013-2016), the federal minister appreciated the efforts of PCCC and encouraged them to further enhance the performance of the committee in future. He also directed the Committee to expedite execution of important tasks assigned to PCCC and ensured full support of his Ministry as and when required.

It was also proposed to name the PCCC auditorium after Dr Mehboob Ali Khan, the first Director of CCRI Multan and an eminent cotton scientist as recognition of his lifelong efforts for uplift of cotton sector. The proposal was accepted unanimously. Sikandar Bosan directed the PCCC to utilize all sources of media for out reaching the cotton growers.