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Punjab & Karnataka to reap bounty cotton crop
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As per an assessment made by the Cotton Advisory Board in late August, cotton crop production in India is expected to touch 29 million bales (1 bale=170 kg) in the cotton season 2009-10 or nearly as much as recorded in the previous year. Cotton under cultivation in the country was projected to be 9.41 million hectares, a shade lower than that of last year.

Even Karnataka which is the sixth biggest cotton producing state in India and which was ravaged by a flood a few days ago, is expecting to increase cotton output by around 15 percent to around one million bales (1 bale is 170 kg) against 900,000 bales of cotton produced in the previous year.

The acreage under cotton cultivation has shot up from 390,000 hectares in 2008-09 to 490,000 hectares in the current year, which led to the state agriculture department increasing the cotton production target by 25 percent growth in cotton output, due to the 21 percent increase in area under cultivation.

Even the state of Punjab is expecting a bounty cotton crop in the current year. The acreage under the crop has moved up from 527,000 hectares in the previous year to 536,000 hectares in the current year. Production is also expected to surge up from 4.35 million bales to 5.29 million bales, more so due to higher yields.

This sentiment to grow more cotton is more so to do with the increase in MSP of cotton year which was hiked by between 25 and 40 percent. In some of the cotton markets, prices are higher than the MSP, has created a sense of euphoria amongst the cotton farmers as they will be able to generate higher income.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


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