Pakistan’s cotton output drops to its lowest level in over 40 years.

According to the most recent information provided by the Pakistan Cotton Ginner’s Association, Pakistan’s cotton production for crop year 2022–2023 declined by 34% year over year (YoY), reaching its lowest level in nearly 40 years (PCGA).

As of April 1, 2023, Pakistan received 4.912 million bales of cotton overall, down from 7.442 million bales at the same period in the previous year. This is a decrease of 34% .

According to PCGA data, both the cotton-producing provinces of Punjab and Sindh reported a significant decrease in cotton arrivals.

Cotton arrivals in Punjab were down 0.89 million bales or 22.8 percent YoY as of April 1 from 3.929 million bales during the same time previous year. Cotton arrivals increased by 1.2 percent on a monthly basis from 2.996 million on March 1.

Parallel to this, cotton arrivals in Sindh decreased drastically by 1.63 million bales (46.5%) to 1.879 million bales as of April 1 from 3.513 million bales reported during the same period last year.

Pakistan’s overall cotton production is predicted to decline even further. The enormous decrease in cotton arrivals is attributed to last year’s monsoon’s floods and torrential rains, which wreaked havoc on vast tracts of agricultural land throughout the nation, particularly in the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan.

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