MULTAN, (Muzaffargarh.City – 04th Dec, 2017 ) :As many as 960 ginning factories, out of total 1300, were operational in the country converting seed cotton (Phutti) into bales of lint, far above the number of factories operational during corresponding period of last year.
Exactly 666 ginneries are operational in Punjab, 294 in Sindh while 788 ginning factories including 566 in Punjab and 222 in Sindh were working during corresponding period of last year, according to a fortnightly report of Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA).
Arrival of seed cotton (Phutti) at the ginning factories across Pakistan was recorded at 10.13 million or 10,132,074 bales till Dec 1, 2017, showing a percentage increase of 3.62 per cent compared to corresponding period of last year.
Arrivals in Punjab were recorded at 6.1 million or 6,107,802 bales, slightly down by 0.83 per cent from last year’s figures. In Sindh, cotton arrivals were recorded at just above four million or 4,024,272 bales, eleven pert cent higher than corresponding period of last year.
Out of total arrivals, 9.28 million or 9,281,238 bales have undergone the ginning process. Textile mills have bought eight million or 8,062,258 bales while exporters purchased 211,989 bales. Sanghar district of Sindh continued to occupy top slot with highest figure of cotton arrivals i.e over 1.36 million bales while Rahimyar Khan and Bahawalpur districts of Punjab secured second and third place with cotton arrival figures of 901,064 and 879,107 bales respectively.
Twelve out of total 21 cotton producing districts in Punjab and two out of 11 districts in Sindh have shown reduction in cotton arrivals ranging from 0.53 per cent to 31.46 per cent. These districts included Multan, Lodhran, Muzaffargarh, Pakpattan, Okara, Faisalabad, Jhang, Mianwali, Rahimyar Khan, Bahawalnagar and Sargodha in Punjab and Mirpur Khas and Badin in Sindh.