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Boost seen for cotton sowing on good realisations, normal monsoon

Production this season has been 34 mn bales, from 33 mn in previous year, though crop area was less

Dasarath Reddy  |  Hyderabad 

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With the prediction of a normal monsoon, sowing and production of India’s biggest commercial crop, cotton, is expected to get a further boost in 2017, on the back of good returns enjoyed by its cultivators last year.

“How much increase in acreage there will be would depend on further clarity on the but I am sure the crop area is going to go up. Market conditions also seem favourable,” Nayan C Mirani, president of the Association of India, which represents the trade and industry across the value chain, told this newspaper.

Production in the current season has been 34.05 million bales, from a little over 33 million the previous year, though the crop area was less. 

This was possible because some good rain and lower incidence of whitefly attack gave a boost to yield, said Mirani.

In and Andhra, the fall in price of pulses and chillies will also help "Farmers who have grown pulses will mostly shift to this time, as they had suffered losses due to poor market prices in the past season. Chilli farmers in and Andhra are also likely to switch to in the ensuing kharif season. Overall, we expect a 10-15 per cent rise the crop area this time," said P Satish Kumar, director of Hyderabad-based  


Last year, the government had asked farmers to grow pulses instead of The majority of farmers continued with but those who sowed pulses faced a price slide. 

According to Kumar, the crop area is growing irrespective of conditions but timely onset of rain will have a role in more of sowing.  seed companies are hopeful that their carryover stock would be less this time.

Apart from the large growing states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana, farmers in Haryana and Rajasthan seem to be switching to from foodgrain crops, say initial reports.

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Boost seen for cotton sowing on good realisations, normal monsoon

Production this season has been 34 mn bales, from 33 mn in previous year, though crop area was less

Production this season has been 34 mn bales, from 33 mn in previous year, though crop area was less
With the prediction of a normal monsoon, sowing and production of India’s biggest commercial crop, cotton, is expected to get a further boost in 2017, on the back of good returns enjoyed by its cultivators last year.

“How much increase in acreage there will be would depend on further clarity on the but I am sure the crop area is going to go up. Market conditions also seem favourable,” Nayan C Mirani, president of the Association of India, which represents the trade and industry across the value chain, told this newspaper.

Production in the current season has been 34.05 million bales, from a little over 33 million the previous year, though the crop area was less. 

This was possible because some good rain and lower incidence of whitefly attack gave a boost to yield, said Mirani.

In and Andhra, the fall in price of pulses and chillies will also help "Farmers who have grown pulses will mostly shift to this time, as they had suffered losses due to poor market prices in the past season. Chilli farmers in and Andhra are also likely to switch to in the ensuing kharif season. Overall, we expect a 10-15 per cent rise the crop area this time," said P Satish Kumar, director of Hyderabad-based  


Last year, the government had asked farmers to grow pulses instead of The majority of farmers continued with but those who sowed pulses faced a price slide. 

According to Kumar, the crop area is growing irrespective of conditions but timely onset of rain will have a role in more of sowing.  seed companies are hopeful that their carryover stock would be less this time.

Apart from the large growing states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana, farmers in Haryana and Rajasthan seem to be switching to from foodgrain crops, say initial reports.
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Boost seen for cotton sowing on good realisations, normal monsoon

Production this season has been 34 mn bales, from 33 mn in previous year, though crop area was less

With the prediction of a normal monsoon, sowing and production of India’s biggest commercial crop, cotton, is expected to get a further boost in 2017, on the back of good returns enjoyed by its cultivators last year.

“How much increase in acreage there will be would depend on further clarity on the but I am sure the crop area is going to go up. Market conditions also seem favourable,” Nayan C Mirani, president of the Association of India, which represents the trade and industry across the value chain, told this newspaper.

Production in the current season has been 34.05 million bales, from a little over 33 million the previous year, though the crop area was less. 

This was possible because some good rain and lower incidence of whitefly attack gave a boost to yield, said Mirani.

In and Andhra, the fall in price of pulses and chillies will also help "Farmers who have grown pulses will mostly shift to this time, as they had suffered losses due to poor market prices in the past season. Chilli farmers in and Andhra are also likely to switch to in the ensuing kharif season. Overall, we expect a 10-15 per cent rise the crop area this time," said P Satish Kumar, director of Hyderabad-based  


Last year, the government had asked farmers to grow pulses instead of The majority of farmers continued with but those who sowed pulses faced a price slide. 

According to Kumar, the crop area is growing irrespective of conditions but timely onset of rain will have a role in more of sowing.  seed companies are hopeful that their carryover stock would be less this time.

Apart from the large growing states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana, farmers in Haryana and Rajasthan seem to be switching to from foodgrain crops, say initial reports.

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