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India's cotton production in 2020/21 is expected to be 6.29 million tonnes, says USDA

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India is expected to produce 28.9 million bales of cotton (6.29 million tonnes) in the 2020/21 season, which begins August 1, said the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) attaché in Mumbai. The volume represents a decrease of 1.36% compared to the estimate of the attaché itself for 2019/20, of 29.3 million bales (6.38 million tons), and of 5.24% compared to the official forecast of the USDA for 2019 / 20, 30.5 million bales (6.64 million tons).

According to the attaché, the estimate of lower production is due to the harvested area, which is expected to fall to 12.9 million hectares. In 2019/20, the harvested area was 13.3 million hectares. The official USDA projection for 2020/21 is even smaller, at 12.5 million hectares.

The expectation of the attaché for domestic consumption in India is 23 million bales (5 million tons) in 2020/21, compared to 21 million bales (4.57 million tons) in 2019/20. Exports are expected to add 3.5 million bales (762,000 t), an increase of 16.7% compared to the 2019/20 cycle. The USDA's official forecast is for exports of 4.5 million bales (979,940 t).

Source: Notícias Agrícolas