India’s cotton production is likely to rise by 3.76 per cent to 345 bales in 2016-17 as compared to 332 bales produced in 2015-16. This due to the higher yield, textile commissioner Kavita Gupta has said. However, the area under cultivation has dropped notably to about 108.45 hectares from 122.92 hectares in the previous year.
Less frequent pest attacks in Punjab, Haryana and Gujarat added to the higher production as well, Gupta told reporters last week after the second meeting of the Cotton Advisory Board in Mumbai. Total yield is estimated to grow by almost 20 per cent to 540.80 kg per hectare in 2016-17 from 459.16 kg per hectare in 2015-16. The total cotton exports figure is estimated to have declined to 60 lakh bales during 2016-17 from 69.07 lakh bales in 2015-16.
A cotton bale equals 170 kg. The cotton marketing year runs from October to September.