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Cotton acreage up in North India
Jun '11
The area under cotton cultivation has considerably increased this year in North Indian States of Punjab and Haryana, despite untimely rains in May damaging the crop.

In Punjab, cotton is being grown in 570,000 hectares of land compared to the target of 520,000 hectares. Cotton was cultivated in 483,000 hectares of land in the State last year.

The increase in cotton growing area is despite the fact that the unwarranted rains in May had damaged nearly 50,000 hectares under cotton, especially in Amritsar and Muktsar districts. However, re-sowing has been undertaken in these areas to minimize the damage.

In Haryana, where cotton sowing is still underway, around 550,000 hectare area has already been covered and the set target of 600,000 hectares seems to be achievable. The State government has set the target of 25,444 bales (1 bale = 170 kg) of cotton this year. The area sown so far is higher than the 492,000 hectares covered under cotton cultivation last year.

Nearly 5,000 hectares of land was adversely affected due to rains that lashed across the State in May. However, the State government is taking steps to minimize the damage by helping farmers to re-sow seeds.

The increase in cotton sowing area this year in both the States indicates a shift in cultivation from Kharif crops like paddy to cotton. Farmers who sowed cotton last year reaped good returns due to soaring prices and this would have prompted more farmers to sow cotton crop this year.

Editor's note-It is good that area under cotton cultivation is increasing. This will help the textile industry in easy procurement of the white gold.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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