ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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COTTON-Avoiding a Crisis of Plenty

ENCOURAGED by the further hefty hike in the support pries lor 'kapas' for 1989-90, taking the rise during two consecutive seasons to Rs 90-Rs 100 per quintal which is larger than the total increase over the past decade or so, and emboldened by the meteorological department's forecast of a normal monsoon and its timely onset, farmers are reported to have brought more area under cotton in quite a few states where sowings have been completed or are nearing completion. Estimates of the increase in acreage range between 4 per cent and 10 per cent. The quality of crop information being what it is, none can really vouch for the accuracy of the estimates regarding the area sown under cotton. Perhaps all one could say is that the acreage under cotton may well be somewhat larger than in 1988-89. But that may not be saying much really. For cotton production in any particular season has all along depended less on the area sown than on the yield which in turn has depended essentially on the pattern of rainfall during the season and the damage caused by pests, especially white fly.

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