Rise in cotton output likely in northern States


  • Though farmers have sown less cotton this kharif season, the production in key northern States is likely to be higher in 2016-17 against 2015-16, on expectation of better yield due to conducive weather conditions.
  • While the area had dipped this year in comparison to the last year, conducive weather conditions have boosted crop yield and hence production for the 2016-17 season in Punjab, Haryana & Rajasthan is likely to be higher than 2015-16.
  • In North, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan are major cotton producing States.
  • After GM cotton crop suffered huge damage last year in Punjab and Haryana due to whitefly pest attack, distressed farmers had sown less cotton this year.
  • The whitefly pest attack had caused a drop of nearly 40 per cent in production.