Official spot rate hits all-time high

KARACHI: The rate of Prime Mark Cotton of Sindh reached at Rs 17000 per maund highest in the history of the country. The Spot Rate Committee of the Karachi Cotton Association on Tuesday increased the spot rate by Rs 100 per maund and closed it at Rs 16000 per maund.

The Spot Rate Committee of the Karachi Cotton Association increased the spot rate by Rs 100 per maund and closed it at Rs 16000 per maund. The polyester fiber was available at Rs 247 per kg. Cotton Analyst Naseem Usman told that the local cotton market remained bullish and trading volume remained satisfactory.

The rate of cotton in Sindh remained between Rs 12500 to Rs 16,500 per maund and the rate of cotton in Punjab was registered at Rs 14,200 to Rs 16,500 per maund. The rate of the new crop of Phutti in Sindh was remained between Rs 5000 to Rs 7,000 per 40 kg. While Phutti prices in Punjab were between Rs 5,800 to Rs 7,300 per 40 kg.

Similarly, prices of cotton in Balochistan were remained at Rs 13,800 to 16,200 per maund while Phutti prices were high as compared to other two provinces which were Rs 6,200 to 79,00 per maund, said Naseem Usman.

The rate of Banola in Sindh was in between Rs 1350 to Rs 2,000 per maund. While in Punjab rates of Banola were in between Rs 1650 to Rs 2,100 per maund.

1800 bales of Khair Pur were sold at Rs 15200 to Rs 15500 per maund, 2000 bales of Khan Pur were sold at Rs 16100 to Rs 16500 per maund, 400 bales of Kot Sabzal, 400 bales of Lodhran, 1600 bales of Sadiqabad, 200 bales of Chichawatni were sold at Rs 16500 per maund, 400 bales of Gilawala were sold at Rs 16200 per maund, 800 bales of Faqeer Wali were sold at Rs 15500 to Rs 16000 per maund, 200 bales of Mian Wali were sold at Rs 15850 per maund, 1600 bales of Fort Abbas were sold at Rs 15600 to Rs 15700 per maund, 800 bales of Hasil Pur were sold at Rs 14700 to Rs 15500 per maund, 800 bales of Hasil Pur were sold at Rs 14700 to Rs 15500 per maund, 1400 bales of Haroonabad were sold at Rs 15000 to Rs 15200 per maund, 2200 bales of Rahim Yar Khan were sold at Rs 16000 to Rs 16500 per maund,

With supply shortages and unsustainable average cost of gas, the government is going to withdraw subsidised gas rates of $6.5 per unit for the industrial sector as first part of a three-phased tariff rationalisation plan.

According to the officials of Ministry of Energy (Petroleum Division) had already moved a summary to the federal cabinet for ending subsidised gas supply to the industrial sector, including captive power plants, immediately. He said a meeting of the cabinet scheduled for Tuesday (tomorrow) is expected to take up the summary for a decision given urgency of the matter.

India’s cotton production in 2021-22 season is likely to be 360.13 lakh bales of 170 kg each (equivalent to 382.64 lakh running bales of 160 kg each), which is more by 7.13 lakh bales than the previous season’s crop of 353 lakh bales, the Cotton Association of India (CAI) has said in its first estimate for the new season beginning October 1, 2021.

The CAI has adopted state-wise loose cotton production figures as per the report of ‘Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International School of Textile Management on Survey of Loose Cotton Production & Consumption in India’. As per this survey report, the loose cotton production figures for the 2020-21 crop year were less by 25 per cent at 5.45 lakh bales of 170 kg each, since the said crop year was a pandemic year.

The preliminary yearly Balance Sheet projected by the CAI Crop Committee estimates total cotton supply till end of the 2021-22 Season i.e. upto September 30, 2022 at 445.13 lakh bales of 170 kg each, which consists of the opening stock of 75.00 lakh bales at the beginning of the season, crop for the season estimated at 360.13 lakh bales, and imports for the season estimated at the same level as in the last year i.e. at 10 lakh bales. Domestic consumption for the 2021-22 crop year is estimated by the CAI at the same level as in the last year i.e. at 335.00 lakh bales. The exports of cotton season 2021-22 estimated by the CAI are 48.00 lakh bales as against 78 lakh bales estimated for 2020-21. The carry over stock estimated at the end of the season on September 30, 2022 is 62.13 lakh bales.

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