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Cotton acreage may be up 10-15% in new season
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Mar '11
The Punjab Department of Agriculture is estimating that, cotton acreage will surge by 10-15 percent in the next cotton season in Punjab and they are hopeful that, farmers with irrigation facilities will start sowing the crop within the next 15 days.

The officials are of the opinion that the switch from paddy and pulses will occur due to the skyrocketing prices of raw cotton, witnessed in the current season.

This increase in cotton acreage in the next season is expected to be a trend in major cotton producing states like, Haryana, Maharashtra and Gujarat, with growth rate estimates hovering between 10-15 percent.

Mr Dhiren Sheth, President - Cotton Association of India told fibre2fashion, “Since farmers got very good prices last year, it is very likely that the acreage under cotton might increase by 10-15 percent".

Mr Jasveer Singh, Director - Punjab Agriculture Department said, “Last year the area under cotton was 511,000 hectares which might increase to 575,000 hectares this year. However, last year, yield fell due to heavy rains, droughts and other factors”.

“Last year the production was 1.822 million bales and this year we are expecting it to increase to 2.2 million bales in Punjab. Because of the high price they got last year, farmers are very enthusiastic to sow cotton this year”, he noted.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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