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USDA projects 8% rise in 2016/17 global cotton output
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Dec '16
Driven by rebound in the average yield, which has more than offset lower acreage, the December report of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has estimated 2016/17 global cotton production at 104.2 million bales, an expansion of 8 per cent over the previous season. Improved weather conditions, also led to the growth in output of the global cotton crop.

The global yield in 2016/17 is expected at 775 kg per hectare, which is above the five year average. India’s 2016/17 crop is forecast at 27.0 million bales, up 2 per cent from 2015/16, despite a 12 per cent decline in acreage as farmers seek alternative crops.

However, the Chinese 2016/17 cotton production is anticipated to drop for the fourth consecutive season to 21.0 million bales, 1 million bales below 2015/16 and the smallest crop since 2000/01.

In the same season, Pakistan’s cotton crop is estimated at around 8.3 million bales, a massive expansion of 18 per cent over the 2015/16 cotton crop. (AR)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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