By admin       2018-08-09

Though the acreage under the fibre has gone up in Gujarat, delayed rains are set to hit productivity.Even as cotton acreage has increased in Gujarat, the State may witness a decline in yield following deficient and delayed rains.Cotton sowing in the State — the largest grower of the fibre crop — reached 26.5 lakh hectares as on August 6, which is about 10,000 ha more than last year. But a decline in yield will cap the crop size, leading to a further spike in prices.According to experts, lower yield is also becoming a major concern in other growing regions, such as Maharashtra, where the pink bollworm has surfaced in cotton plants.“There is definitely going to be an impact on yield due to delay in rains in parts of Gujarat. We are also seeing yields being impacted in States such as Maharashtra due to pink bollworm,” said Atul Ganatra, President of the Cotton Association of India (CAI). He said that India’s average yield is about 550 kg/ha.“This year, we see yields to be even lower than that, because there is no growth of plants and the crop is suffering because of the lack of rain,” he added.

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