No growth: Cotton production seen at 336 lakh bales, in 2016-17, same as in 2015-16

By: | Updated: August 30, 2016 1:51 PM

The Cotton Association of India (CAI) has placed its estimate for the 2016-17 season beginning October 1 at 336 lakh bales of 170 kg each.

chinaThe Central Institute of Cotton Research (CICR), Nagpur, however, has placed estimates for the season at 300 lakh bales. (Reuters)

The Cotton Association of India (CAI) has placed its estimate for the 2016-17 season beginning October 1 at 336 lakh bales of 170 kg each.

The Central Institute of Cotton Research (CICR), Nagpur, however, has placed estimates for the season at 300 lakh bales.

Acreage under cotton during the 2016-17 crop year is expected to be lower by about 10% than that of the current year, Dhiren Sheth, president, CAI, said.

However, productivity is likely to be higher during the 2016-17 season due to the better weather conditions across all cotton-growing regions of the country.

Therefore, the output for the 2016-17 season is expected to be similar to that of the 2015-16 season. CAI has also released its July estimate for the ongoing season 2015-16 and placed it at 337.75 lakh bales of 170 kg each.

The projected balance sheet drawn by the CAI has estimated total cotton supply for the 2016-17 season at 400 lakh bales while the domestic consumption is estimated at 308 lakh bales, thus leaving an available surplus of 92 lakh bales.

The Central Zone comprising Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat is expected to contribute 195 lakh bales with 87 lakh bales estimated from Maharashtra,88 lakh bales from Gujarat and 20 lakh bales from Madhya Pradesh.

In the South Zone, Karnataka is expected to contribute 21 lakh bales, Telangana is expected to be highest at 49 lakh bales. About 42 lakh bales is estimated from the North Zone (Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan)

The CICR of Nagpur had stated that cotton planting in the country would fall to the lowest in seven years in the 2016-17 marketing season, thanks to pest attacks, the late onset of monsoon and the shift to pulses and oilseeds by farmers. CICR had stated that planting for this season is unlikely to exceed 104-105 lakh hectares.

As per government data, acreage had touched 101.58 lakh hectares on Friday.

Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh bore the brunt of pest attacks last year.

Sowing of oilseeds in 172 lakh hectares is also 4% higher compared to the area normally covered by this time of the year.

An area of 130 lakh hectares has been planted under different pulse varieties, nearly 20% more than the seasonal area of 108 lakh hectares, and 40% more than the area usually sown by this time every year.

According to CICR director KR Kranthi, except for Maharashtra, rains have not been good in the other cotton-growing states, including Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

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