Senate body for value addition, innovation in textile sector

ISLAMABAD : Senate Standing Committee on Textile Industry on Thursday stressed the need for value addition and adopting the modern innovative methods in textile industry to enhance the country’s exports.

“We should adopt the modern tools and follow the innovation and research in textile to make our products competitive in the international markets in this sector,” said committee chairman Senator Mohsin Aziz.

He said that country has faced 33% decline in cotton production as compared to previous years, which need some measures to increase the cotton production in future.

Mohsin Aziz said the textile industry in the country is passing through a critical phase, “We need to take tangible steps for promotion of this important sector.”

The officials of Ministry of Textile Industry informed the meeting that extensive rainfall during the season of cotton sowing, led to damage of the cotton crops.

He said that less market prices, irrigation issues and different viruses in crops also caused the decline of cotton production in the country, adding that in Punjab 44% and in Sindh 4.56 % decline observed in cotton production. While discussing on the role, functioning and expenditure of Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC), Senator Saleem Mandviwala showed concern on the research and expenditure of PCCC.

Ministry of Textile Industry Secretary Amir Khan said that in previous two years, “We had got good cotton crops but unfortunately this year, different natural phenomenon like extensive rainy weather also remained main cause of damage to the cotton crop.” Committee chairman Senator Mohsin Aziz appreciated the research and academic work in National Textile University Faisalabad and their well coordinating efforts to provide research facilities to security institutions of the country.

He said the authorities should take immediate remedial measures to modernise this important textile sector accordingly to international standards.

 

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