By Commerce Reporter
Karachi: Engro Fertilizers partnered with Sindh Agriculture University (SUA) Tando Jam to organise mega seminar on cotton production technology to help boost crop productivity and farmer’s livelihood.
Aijaz Ahmed Mahesar Secretary Agriculture Sindh, Dr. Fateh Muhammad Marri Vice Chancellor Khusrau, Nadir Gilani Chief Commercial Officer, Engro Fertilizers and Hidayatullah Chhajro DG Agriculture attended meeting with more than 300 progressive farmers and stakeholders.
Dr. Fateh said that cotton had a lion’s share in country’s agricultural sector and, as a raw material for textile sector, played an integral role in promoting exports to earn foreign exchange for Pakistan.
Hidayatullah Chhajro said that provincial Agricultural Department was committed to facilitate and improve livelihood of farmers in Sindh as cotton was an important cash crop.
Khusrau Nadir Gilani highlighted that an estimated 1.5 million farming families grow cotton in Pakistan, making it one of most important cash crops. However, Pakistan’s cotton production has been in steep decline for several years and although has recovered a bit to 7.4 million bales this year, but is still far below potential. As a result of lower output, cotton has to be imported, thus, leading to loss of valuable foreign exchange and competitiveness of country’s textile exports.
Engro Fertilizers envisions to support government and other stakeholders to transform agricultural landscape of Pakistan through its innovative products and services and capacity-building sessions of farmers.