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Govt to focus on promoting ‘made in Pakistan’ goods, discourage imports: PM’s aide

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce and Textiles, Abdul Razzaq Dawood has said the government had set a target of 15 million bales of cotton for 2018 -19 as compared to current 10.8 million bales production. The government’s priority was to ensure the import of quality cotton and provide quality seeds and pesticides to the farmers for increasing their per acre yield, he said while addressing a press conference here at the Ministry of Commerce and Textile. “We would focus on promoting “made in Pakistan”…

Crisis looms for Pakistan’s textile industry with cotton trucks stranded in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Supply crisis looms large over Pakistan's textile industry as over 150 trucks laden with cotton are collecting dust on Pak-Afghan border as they are not allowed to enter the country. The Ministry of National Food Security has refused to issue permission to the trucks containing cotton from Central Asian states to enter Pakistan, and instead instructed them to seek clearance from the Karachi port. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had instructed the Economic Coordination Committee on January 5 to wave off…

Pakistan puts cotton imports from India on hold as tensions mount

KARACHI/MUMBAI: Pakistan has suspended cotton imports from its top supplier, India, saying shipments failed to fulfil phyto-sanitary certification, threatening the $822 million-a-year trade, government and industry officials said. Traders say rising hostility between the neighbours might have prompted Pakistan to restrict imports. The decision will help other cotton suppliers such as Brazil and the United States to increase exports to Pakistan. "We had received some complaints regarding insects, pests, in cotton…

Indian cotton exports to Pakistan slump amid tensions

MUMBAI/KARACHI: Rising hostilities between India and Pakistan have brought their $822 million-a-year trade in cotton to a juddering halt, as traders who are worried about uncertainty over supplies and driven by patriotism hold off signing new deals. The nuclear-armed rivals have seen tensions ratchet up in the past few months over the disputed territory of Kashmir, and cotton traders in both countries said they were watching developments along the de facto border with alarm. Pakistan, the world's third-largest cotton…