By admin       2018-06-07

But that’s not all. Weather issues have come to the fore. Xinjiang region, accounting for three-fourth of China’s cotton area, is facing adverse weather which is seen fanning fears of tightening supplies. In the US, potential drought conditions in West Texas are seen affecting a quarter of the US crop, although rains in the last two days have brought some relief. In India, planted area for cotton may decline by up to a million hectares following the attack of bollworm last season in a few States. The interventions were ineffective and growers have turned wary. Lower planted area will reduce harvest size. The tentative production target for 2018-19 is 35.5 million bales (of 170 kg each).

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