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Cotton farmers benefit from hybrid seeds

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Dec '09
Cotton farmers in Bangladesh have now started enjoying the benefits of generating a higher yield of cotton crop by planting hybrid variety of seeds, which promise higher yields and better incomes than those cultivated since long.

The yield from planting hybrid cotton seeds is around 15-16 maunds per acre, compared to 11-12 maunds generated from the traditional high-yielding variety seeds, along with which the quality of cotton fibre is also good.

Textile mills in Bangladesh consume around 4 million bales of cotton each year, out of which nearly 95 of raw cotton is imported from countries like India and Pakistan and with demand increasing with each passing year, imports are expected to shoot up.

In fiscal year 2008-09, cotton production in Bangladesh touched 50,175 bales, planted in around 32,600 hectares of land. The production target has been set at 60,000 bales for the current fiscal year.

Industry experts who spoke to fibre2fashion are of the opinion that farmers are not interested in growing cotton, but this new development could see a renewed interest in planting the white gold, which could help reduce dependence on imports.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


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