Reduce the undesirable impact of cotton production on eThe immediate returns of the project will be in the form of capacity building, infrastructure development, awareness raising and production of raw material for export promotion.
The project will provide technical support and incentives to private sector fish farmers to establish cage farming large public water bodies to generate new livelihood activities and fish meat for better nutrition of the local people.
Improve livelihoods and economic development in cotton producing areas.
Improve flow of Better Cotton throughout the supply chain.
Ensure the credibility and sustainability of the “Better Cotton”.
Integrated Pest Management approaches will be advocated through awareness by appropriate methods of “Better Cotton” production, which can minimize the harmful impact of crop protection practices. IPM will help the growers to incur less cost on hazardous pesticides and it will also help in decreasing the environmental pollution and health hazards on human beings and livestock in the country.
Judicious use of water for cotton will be achieved through improved awareness of farmers and demonstrated optimized use of irrigation water for better cotton production and care for the availability of water.
Depletion of soil fertility is a major restraint in higher crop production in Pakistan. The inadequate and imbalance use of chemical fertilizers is resulting in stagnant or even low crop yields in Pakistan as compared to other developed countries. High costs and inability to farmers to apply costly fertilizers inputs at critical crop growth stage further limit cotton productivity thus aggravating the economic condition of farmers. In consideration of continuous population increase, health hazards, poor food quality and high-quality requirements for exportable commodities (like cotton) to compete in the global market, due emphasis on increasing soil fertility is a necessity. Through the awareness “Better Cotton” is produced by farmers by taking into account soil health.
Conservation of natural habitats approach help in “Better Cotton” production by farmers in the farm field. i.e., rats, birds, ants, wasps and other predatory insects is a cotton grower’s natural workforce against pests that attack cotton plants.
“Better Cotton” is produced by farmers who care for and preserve the quality of the fibrei.e. length, uniformity, strength, fineness and maturity which provide better returns to growers and opens more market opportunities for premium fabrics. These studies enhance cotton fibre quality for a sustainable and competitive Pakistan industry. Awareness about management consideration to preserve fibre quality and moisture management at the gin time and proper storage etc will help in the production of quality fibre in Pakistan. These technologies also help us understand the relationship between cotton fibre properties and textile value chain.
Awareness will be given to the cotton growers for promotion of decent work in Pakistan, i.e. status of women and wages, child labor, health and safety issues. This will emphasize to overcome considerable challenges in implementing improved working conditions among small holding farmers in Pakistan for production of better cotton.
Date of approval with Forum
Revised Date, if any
All subsequent Revisions if any
Federal Government, PSDP (Public Sector Development Program)
Donor (if any)along with a share of foreign aid in the cost
Actual Date of Commencement
Completion Date (as per PC-I)
Likely Completion Date
Reason of Time and Cost Overrun
Specific decision/ recommendation made during previous quarterly reviews of PSDP 2019-20
The Chair directed M/o NFS&R to develop a mechanism for value addition and develop strong link with the relevant stakeholders. M/o NFS&R was also directed to establish link with SMEDA and Kamyab Jawan Program by facilitating to give loan on concessional basis
PMES system updated on (please specify date)
a) Expenditure up to June 2020
b) %age Financial progress to-Date
40.98 % (Allocation)
Physical completion (in %age terms)
Foreign loan(if any)
Foreign Loan(if any)
Expenditure/Utilization 2020-21 (July-Sept 2020)
Foreign loan(if any)
Rs.192.8 (44 %)
Bottlenecks/Issues impeding progress on the project (if any)
Large no. of project components, difficult to manage.
Various project activities of last year like procurement, trainings, and other physical work poised due to the outbreak of pandemic COVID-19 world wide.
Two project’s activities (Plantation target of 5000 acres and installation of DS tunnels 2019-20) will be carried over to the current year 2020-21 along with a plantation target of 17,195 acres for 2020-21 which will be a huge task and beyond the capacity of the project components
Latest implementation status of the decision/recommendation
Linkages have been developed for value addition (olive pickle, olive leaf tea & oil processing, packaging and branding) like Unique value, Izhar farms Pvt. Ltd. & PARC Agrotech Company Pvt. Ltd. Moreover capacity building for value added products of olive are also being undertaken.