By admin       2019-02-06

Climatic adversities, insufficient rainfall in growing regions blamed for the decline Adverse climatic conditions and water shortage coupled with a static growing area are set to knock India off its No. 1 perch in cotton production worldwide.As per the latest international reports, for the year 2018-19, India will lose its ‘top cotton producer’ tag to China, which has shown improved yields with better farming practices.The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) recently stated that India’s cotton production is expected to dip by 7 per cent due to “insufficient rainfall” in growing regions, whereas production in China is expected to increase by about 1 per cent to 5.94 million tonnes. This means, “China will regain the ‘top producer’ title it lost to India in the 2015-16 season,” ICAC noted.The global data suggests India’s cotton output is projected to be at 5.98 million tonnes for the August-December period of the 2018-19 season. However, India follows the October-September cotton season. Industry believes India’s cotton output will dip further. According to India’s apex cotton trade body, Cotton Association of India (CAI), India’s cotton output is expected to dip to at 335 lakh bales (each of 170 kg) for 2018-19, its lowest since 2010-11, when it reported 332.25 lakh bales. “This year, India will definitely lose to China because of the adverse climatic and water availability situation in cotton growing regions. The situation is worse in Telangana and Karnataka,” said Atul Ganatra, President, CAI.

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