Cotton production in 2015-16 to be lower at 365 lakh bales: CAB

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Chennai | Published: November 5, 2015 1:00:40 AM

The area under cultivation in the ongoing season will be lesser than that of last season, Cotton Advisory Board said.

The cotton production in the current season of 2015-16, which started October 1, will be lower than that of last season. In the season’s first meeting held at Coimbatore, Cotton Advisory Board (CAB) said that the crop production during the current season will be around 365 lakh bales of 170 kg each as compared to 380 lakh bales in the last season.

The area under cultivation in the ongoing season will be lesser than that of last season, the board said.

The cultivation in the current season is expected to much lower at 118 lakh hectares as against 131 lakh hectares in the last season. Though the per kg yield per hectare in the current season is expected to much higher at 484 as compared to 446 last season, however, the cotton production will be lower due to decrease in acreage, said the board.

With the higher opening stock of 52 lakh bales, the total supply in the 2015-16 season will be marginally higher at 429 lakh bales as compared to 427 lakh bales in the last season with imports expected to be around 12 lakh bales (14 lakh bales).

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