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Cotton harvest in India may reach a new high to record on higher planting

Production to reach a record as growing areas have received very good rains

Bloomberg  |  New Delhi 

Cotton production in India, the world's second-biggest exporter, will climb to a record as above-average monsoon rainfall increased planting, Agricu-lture Minister Sharad Pawar said. "The growing areas have received very good rains," Pawar said in an interview yesterday. "Excessive rains in some areas will not impact the total output. Production should reach a record." The harvest was the highest ever at 35.2 million bales (1 bale=170 kg) in 2011-2012, according to agriculture ministry data. Production was 34 million bales in 2012-2013. A larger crop in India ...

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First Published: Thu, August 08 2013. 22:35 IST