As per the Foreign Agricultural Service of the USA for Mexico, production of cotton in 2018-19 in Mexico is likely to increase 2 per cent than previous marketing year, due to continued favorable prices for cotton than for other crops, such as sorghum and corn. Cotton is the only commercially grown GE crop in Mexico. Farmers have indicated that the use of GE cotton has resulted in better pest control and pest management.
The area under cotton plantation increased substantially in 2017-18 from the previous season 2016-17. This is attributed to favorable weather conditions, adequate irrigation, continued use of genetically engineered (GE) seeds, and a return to cotton planting as a result of favorable prices, after a year of crop rotations.
The country’s cotton imports for 2018-19 total are forecast at 925,000 bales due to the expected large crop production. The expansion in production is expected to encourage yarn and textile manufactures to source their needs from the local cotton industry. Production, however, in Mexico now consists of nearly 80 percent of total domestic use.