Experts convene to unlock organic cotton potential

Leading agricultural scientists, academics, and experts from Pakistan recently convened at an online conference to recognise the significant potential the country holds in organic cotton production. The conference aimed to chart a course toward realising this potential, promoting growth excellence, and boosting foreign exchange earnings.

The event, titled the “2nd Annual SAWiE Conference on Organic Cotton Pakistan,” was hosted by SAWiE, in collaboration with Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC) and took place on August 31 at the Central Cotton Research Institute (CCRI) Multan, a CCRI spokesperson said on Saturday.

The conference focused on knowledge dissemination and sharing best practices.

Dr Yusuf Zafar, the former Chairman of PARC and CABI, underscored Pakistan’s vast potential in the organic cotton sector. Referring to a Textile Exchange report, he stated, “Pakistan has the capacity to achieve a staggering 405% growth in organic cotton production.” He highlighted the need for collaborative efforts among stakeholders to realise this potential and align with international standards.