Cotton Import : Senate asks for imposing duties on import of Indian Cotton

Cotton Import : Senate asks for imposing duties on import of Indian Cotton

ISLAMABAD: (APP) Senate Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research recommended for restoration of old mechanism for cotton import and imposed regulatory duty on its import from India .

The committee meeting was chaired by Chairman Senator Syed Muzafer Hussain Shah, who also stressed for the measure to protect the local market and level playing field to the local farmers.

On the occasion, Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research urged for the protection of local market and improve the coordination between the Ministry of National Food Security and Ministry of Commerce including all stakeholders to evolve the mechanism for import of cotton and other relevant commodities.

The Minister said that Trading Corporation of Pakistan has high quality, staple cotton adding that,"We have no need to import cotton from any other country".

On the occasion official from Pakistan Agriculture Storage and Services Corporation (PASSCO) briefed the committee on procurement of wheat by the Food Department of government of Punjab and Sindh.

He said that Punjab province have short fall in Wheat Procurement , adding that 8, 75000 ton target was set for procurement in province and achievements was 6, 64000 ton.

While the committee stressed for coordinating efforts between all the stake holders to gives support to the farmers for growth of Agriculture sector in the country.

While Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan, John Kenneth Williams, and Muhammad Mohsin Khan Leghari and official from different Ministries and departments also attended the meeting.


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