FPCCI’s Businessmen Panel Secretary General-Federal Ahmad Jawad said cotton is a major cash crop of the country and can contribute significantly in the economic progress as well as agriculture sector development and prosperity of farming community. The cotton under cultivation area and production declined significantly, as growers shifted from cotton to sugarcane and maize so its output slashed from 15 million bales to 8 million bales. In totality, this has caused losses to the tune of $36 billion over the last one decade. While production of cotton in India, Brazil, USA and other countries have increased manifold but it was on decline in Pakistan. Because of importing cotton from abroad, the cost of the textile sector increased by 6 percent so this sector became uncompetitive compared to other countries. “Substandard seeds and pesticides may hit the agriculture sector this year as well; cotton crop is one of the novel example in this regard,” It noted this was the second consecutive year that cotton growers seemed worried, as substandard seeds had again flooded local markets, especially in Sindh The government to offer special tariff concessions and give policy on the import of quality and viable seeds which may suitable to our soil conditions especially for cotton crop until the PARC and the NARC becomes self-sufficient in the production of seeds.