Pakistan is the fourth largest producer of cotton in the world, and importantly also holds the third largest spinning capacity in Asia (after China and India) with thousands of ginning and spinning units producing textile products from cotton. Approximately 1.5 million smallholder farmers rely on cotton for a living.
Cotton is the country’s most widely cultivated crop and an important raw material for its growing textiles industry, representing 8.5% of GDP*. In a bid to further improve its export volumes the Pakistani government launched Cotton Vision 2015: a drive to boost production to 20 million bales in four years.
However, as cotton farmers contend with the effects of extreme weather and pest outbreaks damaging the crops, the future of Pakistan’s cotton production will depend on men and women playing an equal role in fighting climate change and promoting sustainable farming practices.
Who grows Better Cotton?
In the 2017-18 cotton season, 251,292 licensed BCI Farmers in Pakistan produced 701,000 metric tonnes of Better Cotton lint on 811,000 hectares.
BCI works with Agriculture Extension Department (Bahalwapur; Khanewal; Rahim Yar Khan; Sukkur; Tando Jam); CABI; Cotton Connect; Indus Farmer Welfare Association (IFWA); Integrated Rural Development Council (IRDC); Jaggarta; Kashtkar Development Organization Bahawalpur; Lok Sanjh Foundation; Mariam Rural Welfare; Rural Education Economic and Education Development Society (REEDs);Rural Sustainable Development Organization; Rural Sunshine Social Welfare Organization (RSSWO); Sangtani Women Rural Development Organization; Sustainable Agriculture and Friendly Environment (SAFE); Sustainable Agriculture Farmers Welfare Organization (SAFWO); Sustainable Development Organization; Sooraj Development Organization; Society for the Empowerment of the People (SEP); Shadab Rural Development Organization; and WWF-Pakistan.
When is cotton grown in Pakistan?
In Pakistan, cotton is sown from April to June and harvested from August to December.
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*All Pakistan Textile Mills Association