The farmers in India are in trouble this year owing to the poor rains in the monsoon. Especially, the cotton farmers in Gujarat are expecting a lower yield compared to the last year. The state has cotton-favored acreage this year, but several regions are significantly dry and in lack of proper irrigation system.
According to the cotton farmers and agricultural experts in India, it will harmful for the cotton industry if the monsoon fails to fulfill the minimum requirement of rain. Moreover, as per the data of Gujarat agricultural department, cotton crops need immediate rain as it is still its growing period. Otherwise, this year, the farmers of India may face very big loss. The farmers had delayed the sowing this year as the monsoon was expected to get delayed. However, the damages caused by the flood in some parts of Saurashtra and South Gujarat and lack of rain in other parts will affect this year’s production.
Lack Of Rains Will Result In Low Production
As of August 10, Gujarat has received 454 mm spots of rain, which is just half of the season’s average. The state received 662 mm of rains till August 8. Gujarat is India’s leading cotton growing and producing state and the decreased production in Gujarat affects India’s cotton trade industry. This year, districts such as Kutch, Banaskantha, Surendranagar, and Morbi are the major areas of cotton productions, which did not receive rainfall as expected. Thus, farmers of India will have to decrease the cotton yield and thus the prices.
As per reported by Financial Express, Atul Ganatra, President of Cotton Association of India (CAI), stated that the average cotton yield in India is roughly 550 kg per hectare. During this season, the country has exported about 6.7 million bales of cotton (a bale of 170 kg) and by the end of this season, expected export is of about 7-7.2 million bales of cotton. the cotton farmers are least expecting good yield due to lack of rains in India.[The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and/or the official policy of the website. ]