By admin       2019-04-29

INDORE: Farmers of Indore region are expected to expand the acreage under cotton by over 15 per cent lured by high cotton price in the upcoming kharif or summer sowing season.Experts said that a spurt in cotton price, at a time when farmers were making up their mind to select a crop for the approaching sowing season,was seen encouraging farmers to sow more cotton. In Indore division,cotton was sown on five lakh hectares last year and this year the acreage has gone up by over 6 lakh hectares.MP Cotton Association president Kailash Agrawal said, “Sentiments are robust among cotton farmers because they fetched good price this season. Acreage under cotton is seen going up everywhere and especially in our region.” Increased cotton acreage is likely to lead to higher output next season. In the spot market, the price of raw cotton has shot up to Rs 6,100 per quintal on the prospects of lower output as compared to last year.According to the Cotton Association of India (CAI), cotton crop for 2018-19 is estimated at 321 lakh bales of 170 kg each against previous year’s 365 lakh bales.Kharif sowing commences from May end or June depending upon the availability of irrigation facility and rains. The agriculture department, Indore joint director, Rewasingh Sisodia said, “As per the initial expectations it is estimated that acreage under cotton will go up while soybean acreage is likely to remain stable this season.”As per agriculture department, in Indore division soybean was sown on 22 lakh hectares in the last season.

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