Varied figures for cotton production estimates are emerging from various agencies. Amid fears that production could take a hit because of the whitefly and bollworm attacks, the Cotton Association of India (CAI) has retained its October estimates for the 2015-16 season, which commenced on October 1, as the previous month at 370.50 lakh bales of 170 kg each.
The Maharashtra Cotton Growers’ Federation in its latest estimates had said that the national production is expected to be at 350 lakh bales. However, Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) had earlier indicated that production could touch 370 lakh bales because the overall acreage has shrunk. Interestingly, the Nagpur-based Central Institute of Cotton Research (CICR) expects that the output may be at least equal to that of the last year if not more.
“There could be a slight adjustment in the output as against the earlier expectations of a bumper crop. However, contrary to the concerns being expressed by several agencies, we believe that the crop could be good at some 380-390 lakh bales,” Dr KR Kranthi, director, CICR, said.
“There have been whitefly attacks in Punjab and pink bollworm attacks on the crop in Saurashtra, he said.