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India: Gujarat reduces cotton estimates by 15 per cent

The Gujarat State Agriculture Department in its first advance crops estimation report has reduced the estimates for cotton crop production in the state by nearly 15 per cent due to lesser rains. The government has reduced the estimate from 102 lakh bales in 2017-18 to 88 lakh bales in 2018-19. As per reports, the state agricultural department has also reduced other commodity production estimates in Gujarat except rice due to huge rain deficit.

According to a data from the India Meteorological Department, overall rainfall in Gujarat between June 1 to September 13, 2018 was 25 per cent below normal, and the major cotton growing regions of Saurashtra and Kutch reported a 30 per cent deficit rainfall. Significantly, this kharif season, cotton was sown late in Maharashtra due to delay in arrival of monsoon rains and also to avoid another attack of pink bollworm, which destroyed about 20-25 per cent of the state’s cotton output last year.

The country’s cotton output estimates for the 2018-19 season have also been reduced to 350 lakh bales from 365 lakh bales harvested a year ago due to lower acreage and a possible fall in yields.