By admin       2018-04-06

The state agriculture department has fixed the target for cotton sowing at 4 lakh hectares this season. In 2017, the cotton acreage in Punjab was 3.80 lakh hectares. However, farmers and traders said the area under the fibre crop could dip to nearly 3.5 lakh hectares on account of lower returns in the 2017-18 crop year due to weak market. Rates of raw cotton remained below Rs 5,000 per quintal while in the 2016-17 crop year, it was sold as high as Rs 5,600 per quintal. Gurnaib Singh, a cotton grower from Sangat village of Bathinda, said, “In the previous season, the yield of cotton came down and even the rate of the crop had dipped below Rs 5,000 per quintal. We were expecting the rates to remain in the range of Rs 5,600-5,700 per quintal. Due to this area under cotton could drop in the coming season.”

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