USDA: India’s cotton production to grow by 4%
The USDA has projected Indiaâ€™s cotton production for the upcoming season at 37.8 million bales. The Indian textile industry says a lot of it depends on the southwest monsoon.
The US Department
of Agriculture (USDA) has predicted Indiaâ€™s cotton production to increase by 4%
and reach 37.8 million bales (of 170 kg each) in the next season, between
October 2021 and September 2022, as compared to the current seasonâ€™s estimate
of 36.25 million bales. This prediction is considering the India Meteorological
Departmentâ€™s (IMD) normal forecast of the southwest monsoon.
The USDA also
projected that the area under cotton will be lower at 12.9 million hectares
from 13 million hectares. Punjab and Haryana will start sowing followed by
other states next month.
The prediction by
USDA is on a higher scale than that of Indiaâ€™s Committee for Cotton Production
and Consumption (CCPC) and Cotton Association of India (CAI) predictions.
The USDA also
expects the consumption by the industry next season to be at 32.4 million bales
compared with 30.1 million bales this year. It expects the millsâ€™ consumption
to increase by 8%. It estimated exports to increase to
7.7 million bales from this seasonâ€™s projection of 6.65 million bales. The USDA
has further predicted cotton imports at 1.28 million bales from 1.02 million
bales projected for the current season. It has also estimated the carryover
stocks at 12.86 million bales compared to this seasonâ€™s estimate of 13.18
The Hindu Business Line
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