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Cotton output may fall to 5-year low

Whitefly attack damages crop in Punjab and Haryana; lack of rains threatens production in Gujarat and Maharashtra

Dilip Kumar Jha  |  Mumbai 

India’s cotton output is likely to decline 12.4 per cent to hit the lowest in five years for the current crop year (October 2015–September 2016), due to crop damage in major producing states. On Wednesday, the Cotton Advisory Board (CAB) under the Union ministry of textiles lowered the forecast it had made in February, saying the picture was now clearer. Output is now estimated at 33.8 million bales (a bale is 170 kg) for the current crop year, as against 38.6 mn bales the previous year (when drought had hit many states). The CAB had constituted three Sub-committees in its ...

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First Published: Wed, July 13 2016. 22:33 IST
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