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Future of Cotton Sector in Pakistan: A 2025 Outlook

Future of Cotton Sector in Pakistan: A 2025 Outlook

Saleem Ashraf1*, Ashiq Hussain Sangi1Zakaria Yousaf Hassan3 and Muhammad Luqman2

1In-Service Agricultural Training Institute, Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan; 2University college of Agriculture, University of Sargodha, Pakistan; 3Directorate of Agricultural Extension and Adaptive Research, Lahore, Pakistan. 


Major objective of this study was an overtime analysis of secondary data to calculate compound growth and forecast area, production and average yield in the Punjab Pakistan For this purpose, data collected from government reports for the period of 1990-2017 was criticaly examined. Empirical results indicated that area under cultivation showed negative compound growth rate while production and average yield showed positive compound growth in Pakistan. While, in Punjab, compound growth rate of area under cotton cultivation and production showed negative while average yield showed positive growth. Forecasting of cotton showed that in Pakistan, area, production and average yield will be on rise by 2025. In the Punjab, area of cotton cultivation will increase by 2025 but production and average yield of cotton will show consistent decline. As the Punjab is leading contributor in terms of cotton production, this decline will impact economy and livelihoods significantly. Therefore, study urge the need of cotton policy and holistic actions by government to subsidize inputs availability and conserve water and land. 


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Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Research


Vol. 32, Iss. 4, Pages 562-709


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