By admin       2018-09-27

What will happen if this situation continues in this very important textile and cotton sector during the next 10 years and if we do not take immediate action to debottleneck the cotton seed industry? a) The technologies currently used in cotton will lose their effectiveness over a period of time and the farmers will have to go back to heavy use of chemical pesticides to control the dreaded bollworms. It increases cost of production and makes him uncompetitive. b) Cotton yields may stagnate or decline in future threatening the prominent position India holds in the global cotton markets and our cotton exports. Due to increasing cost and scarcity of labour in the next 10 years farmers will not be able to manage weeds in the fields and will not be able to pick cotton affecting yields and economics. The cost of picking cotton has already touched 10 per cent of the revenue of the farmer and will go up further. c) The textile industry will be a big loser. If the cotton production stagnates the textile industry will lose $330 billion business opportunity in the global markets for which it needs 940 lakh bales of cotton production by 2028. This can jeopardise the commercial prospects, employment generation and export potential of this huge industry. It can lead to a huge increase in imports of cotton at increased cost. All this points to bleak prospects for the farmers and consumers of India. d) The States which dominate textile manufacturing — Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana — will see a huge loss of economic opportunity during the next 10 years. The States which dominate cotton crop cultivation — Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Punjab, Haryana, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu — will lose heavily in terms of farmers’ welfare and rural prosperity.

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