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Cotton production decline for year 2006-07, KCA
Jan '08
The Directors have the pleasure in presenting their Annual Report covering activities of The Karachi Cotton Association for the year 2006-07 and Audited Accounts for the year ended on June 30, 2007.

Before discussing the local cotton situation, a brief review of the world cotton situation is presented for the year 2006-07 alongwith its prospects for the year 2007-08.

According to the USDA, the world cotton production in 2006-07 increased to 119.248 million bales (480 lbs. each) from 115.727 million bales in 2005-06 due to increase in production in China, India and Brazil.

Production in China increased to 32.50 million bales from
27.50 million bales, in India to 21.80 million bales from 19.05 million bales and in Brazil to 7.000 million bales from 4.700 million bales compared to 2005-06.

However, Production in the USA and Pakistan had declined marginally to 21.58 million bales of 480 lb. in 2006-07 from 23.89 million bales and to 9.90 million bales from 10.16 million bales respectively.

The world cotton consumption increased by 122.72 million bales from 116.35 million bales in 2005-06. The ending global stocks for 2006-07 marginally increased to 57.859 million bales from 57.748 million bales in 2005-06 or were 0.11 million bales more than the previous year.

The New York Futures latest delivery month recorded at US¢ 54.73 per lb. at the beginning of the season on 01.08.2006, increased to highest level of US¢ 66.49 per lb.on 13.07.2007, declined to lowest level of US¢ 46.29 per lb. on 07.05.2007 and recorded at US¢ 63.00 per lb. at the close of season on 31.07.2007.

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