According to PC-1, the project was due to start in July 2017 but the release of funds was delayed until May 2020. As a result, the project staff could not be hired and field activities were carried out on limited scale. The project offices hired in Punjab and Sindh are intact and being utilized for farmers meetings and technical advisory services. Regular online and consultative meetings are held with BCI management and field team.
The project was revised in July 2020 and resubmitted to MNFS&R for its approval at respective forum. A pre-DDWP meeting was held at 21.09.2020. Project Manager and Provincial Coordinator Punjab participated in the meeting online and clarified different issues / points raised by the Review Committee of Pre-DDWP. A written reply along with Revised Project in the light of observations of Pre-DDWP Review Committee was submitted vide letter No. 1786 dated 16.10.2020.
World Cotton Day was organized on October 7, 2020 to commemorate the importance of cotton crop. Around 500 participants throughout the country (stakeholders, NGOs and farmers) attended the program. Stalls of different companies also exhibited during the program. Cotton Walk was also organized.
Working papers for the DDWP meeting scheduled for 29.10.2020 and 02.02.2021 were also prepared and forward to the MNFS&R.
Six meetings of the Technical Advisory Committee, held fortnightly, were conducted to address day to day progress of cotton crop and crop issues faced by cotton farmers in the context of better cotton production.
In addition, following meetings were held with BCI Pakistan team for consultation on various aspects:
- 08.07.2020: Monthly meeting of the CCRI Multan team with BCI Pakistan team
- 27.08.2020: CCRI Multan Project Implementation Update
- 05.11.2020: Monthly meeting of the CCRI Multan team with BCI Pakistan team
- 05.01.2021: Monthly meeting of the CCRI Multan team with BCI Pakistan team