Jump in cotton price over rupee depreciation

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2017-12-14 14:00:00 – Karachi

The local cotton market likely to see an upward trend in prices of cotton in the coming days as rupee depreciation increased the commodity’s import cost, an industry official said on Wednesday. The uncertainty in cotton market has depressed buying activity.

With jump of Rs200/maund, the price of cotton reached the record level of Rs7,300 per maund, which is the highest in the current season, the official said.

Ihsanul Haq, chairman of Pakistan Cotton Ginners Forum (PCGF) said that cotton prices are already on the rise due to low cotton production. Now with depreciation of rupee and lack of cotton imports from India, a further increasing trend is being witnessed in the cotton market.

Pakistan, which is the world’s fourth largest cotton producing country, falls short of around four million bales a year to meet the local demand of nearly 16 million bales. PCGF chairman said cotton price in India is also on the rise due to various factors, prompting importers from Pakistan to reconsider placing import orders.

Last month, government allowed cotton imports from India to meet the growing appetite of key textile industry, though it slapped tough set of rules for consignments from the neighbouring country. Government is likely to start issuing permit for import of cotton from India through land route.

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