By admin       2016-07-13

AHMEDABAD, JULY 12: For the want of water, cotton sowing in Gujarat has declined by more than 50 per cent as on July 11, at 13,65,400 hectares, against the average of 28,21,000 hectares for the last three years.Groundnut sowing has been robust with over 72 per cent of the area already covered under the crop so far.The onset of monsoon was delayed by about a week in June but even by July 12, the monsoon has not covered the entire State. According to the State Emergency Operation Centre, Gujarat has received 124.90 mm or 15.67 per cent of the average rainfall for the season, thereby indicating a deficit of over 84 per cent.“Cotton prices had sharp fluctuations last year. We couldn’t even recover our costs, we had to sell our crop at a tad higher than MSP. Initially, we were thinking about switching to other crops. But in the present situation of no water and delayed monsoon, we are sure not to take cotton any more,” said a cotton farmer in Devbhumi Dwarka district in Saurashtra.

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