Maharashtra cotton farmers seek technological freedom; plan to grow other GM crops defying state diktat

Maharashtra’s cotton farmers who had defied the government and planted herbicide tolerant cotton (HTBT) in their fields are now planning to begin a technology freedom movement in the country that will be led by the Shetkari Sanghatana, reports Financial Express. The farmer body plans to take this movement further by planting other GM crops, including […]

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Slowing global economic growth is dragging down cotton consumption – ICAC

Growth in global cotton consumption is projected to continue in the coming season, but major economic indicators and continuing trade conflicts are dragging down the industry’s multi-year winning streak., the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) said.  So while global cotton consumption continues the recovery it began in the 2012/13 season, the ICAC currently projects that […]

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Cotton Advisory Board estimates India’s cotton output to go up by 9% at 36 million bales in 2019-20

Despite unseasonal rains and lower plantation acreage, the cotton output is estimated to go up by 9 per cent at 360 lakh bales in the crop year 2019-20, beginning from October, on back of better yield following good monsoon, compared to the previous year, according to Cotton Advisory Board (CAB). The total yield is estimated to go […]

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High production, decline in exports may affect cotton prices: Ind-Ra

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High cotton production due to greater-than-average rainfall in the country and increased sowing by farmers may adversely impact prices. As per Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) estimates, cotton production is likely to increase 13.6 per cent to 35.5 million bales (170kg) for the October 2019-to-September 2020 season. Area under cotton cultivation has increased by 6 […]

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Global production of organic Cotton up by 56%: report

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The global production of organic cotton has increased by 56 per cent to reach the highest levels seen in eight years, according to Textile Exchange’s 2019 Organic Cotton Market Report. The report shows that production of organic cotton reached 180,971 tonnes in 2017/2018 – although this represents just 0.7 per cent of the total amount […]

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Cotton prices may fall further on higher output, weak demand: Ind-Ra report

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Cotton prices continued to reduce in August 2019, mainly due to a fall in international prices, rating agency India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) said in its latest report, adding that it expects prices to fall further as global production is likely to be higher than demand growth. With local prices (MSP) being higher than international […]

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Strong monsoon rains in India not always good news for farmers

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India, one of the world’s biggest agricultural producers, experienced its heaviest monsoon rains in 25 years this year. While rain would normally cheer the agricultural heartland, the monsoon was erratic and has left many crops damaged. India is the world’s biggest producer of sugar, cotton and pulses and the second-biggest producer of wheat and rice. […]

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India to expand Cotton Technical Assistance Programme to 5 more African nations in 2nd phase

India will cover five more African countries in the second phase of its cotton technical assistance programme (TAP) for the region, Union minister Smriti Irani said on Monday. India implemented a technical assistance programme (TAP) for cotton in six African countries, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda, from 2012 to 2018. India […]

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India estimates 2019-20 kharif crop output at 140.57 million tonnes

India’s food grains production during the rainfed Kharif season (2019-20) is estimated at 140.57 million tonnes – 0.8 per cent down from the total output estimated in 2018-19 Kharif. However, it is 6.38 per cent more than average foodgrain production of previous five years’ (2013-14 to 2017-18). As per the first advance estimate released by […]

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