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Cotton output forecast to double in 2010

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Mar '10
The sub-Saharan African continents third-biggest cotton grower, after Nigeria and Burkina Faso; Benin plans to double cotton production in the next cotton season, by increasing the area under cotton cultivation.

The area under cotton cultivation will increase from 290,000 hectares in 2009 to 400,000 hectares and output is expected to grow from 242,474 tons to an estimated 500,000 tons in 2010.

The government will also provide full support to farmers in raising cotton output. Raw cotton shipments account for nearly 40 percent of the country's overall exports and brought in revenues of $69.1 million in 2008.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


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