Restructuring of PCCC approved
ISLAMABAD: The government, in order to strengthen research in the cotton sector, has decided to give autonomy to the Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC) through its restructuring and effective private sector representation.
The decision was taken during a high-level meeting presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan here regarding the revival of cotton.
After the restructuring, the PCCC would consist of senior representatives of the ministries of National Food Security and Textile, cotton commissioners, provincial secretaries for agriculture, four representatives of textile sector, two representatives of cotton ginners, representatives of cotton traders, two representatives of seed producers, four representatives of farmers, one expert and the chief executive.
The meeting was given a detailed briefing on the current situation of cotton in the country, challenges faced by the cotton sector, problems about the production cost, matters relating to the research institution and seed sector, and a future strategy to save the cotton crop from the challenges of insecticides such as white fly and pink boll worm.
The meeting decided to bring in reforms in the seed sector and make the process of seeds’ approval easy and faster. It also approved the strategy to control the insecticides which hurt the cotton crop.
In order to make the PCCC an effective institution, the government and APTMA had complete agreement on the issue of Cotton Cess and ensuring the provision of required financial resources to the PCCC.
The government also decided to establish a Research Endow Fund for the PCCC. The meeting approved a timelines based roadmap and all other measures for improvement in the research sector, including amendment in the Cotton Cess Act 1923, removing the shortage of skilled manpower and establishing Research Endowment. – APP