ICF forecasts 325 lakh cotton bales in 2012-13
According to estimates, Gujarat is likely to be the leading producer with an estimated 85 lakh bales, followed by Maharashtra with 80 lakh bales. Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana are likely to produce 57 lakh bales between them, while Andhra Pradesh is likely to exceed its crop yield to 68 lakh bales. Madhya Pradesh is expected to produce around 16 lakh bales while Karnataka is likely to spin out 11 lakh.
Orissa and Tamil Nadu are expected to be the smallest producers, ICF pointed out.
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