Even as the area under cotton has come down this kharif season, the production in the key cotton growing States could still be higher during the 2016-17 marketing season than in 2015-16.
This is because of better yields expected in good weather, officials told The Hindu .
In North India, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan are the major cotton-producing States. After the genetically modified cotton crop suffered a huge damage last year in Punjab and Haryana from the whitefly pest attack, farmers have cut down on area under cotton this season.
According to the India Cotton Association Limited (ICAL), cotton has been sown on 2.56 lakh hectares in Punjab and on 4.96 lakh hectares in Haryana.
In Rajasthan, the crop has been planted on five lakh hectares.
“No doubt, cotton area has dipped this year. But conducive weather conditions this season will increase the yield; hence, the production during the 2016-17 season in the northern States is likely to be higher than that in 2015-16,” said ICAL president Rakesh Rathi.
Source: The Hindu