RAHIM YAR KHAN (ENN) WWF-Pakistan and Directorate of Agriculture Extension, Balochistan celebrated the certification of Pakistan’s first organic cotton bale at Kot Sabzal Rahim Yar Khan District of Punjab province.
The initiative will promote organic cotton production in Pakistan. Organic cotton is grown without using any chemical fertilizers or pesticides and is cultivated on land that is detoxified from residues of chemical fertilizers and pesticides over a period of at least three years.
Further, the seeds used to grow organic cotton are not genetically modified and are kept clean from chemical impurities during processing and packaging. If the cotton crop produced adheres to the standards of organic cotton farming in its initial two years it is called in conversion cotton. By the third year, the yield is certified as organic cotton.
To celebrate the first organic cotton bale certification, participants from government departments, WWF-Pakistan and cotton supply chain actors attended the event.
These included Hammad Naqi Khan, Director General, WWF-Pakistan; Khaleeq Nazar Kiyani, Secretary Agriculture and Cooperatives, Balochistan; and Eng. Zamrak Khan, Minister Agriculture, Balochistan were guests of honour. Speaking on the occasion, Hamad Naqi Khan, Director General, WWF-Pakistan said, “Together we have made a major breakthrough in cotton sector of Pakistan that will benefit stakeholders, and overall economy of Pakistan. We are proud of the contribution of the farmers in Balochistan.