Horticulture, Floriculture, Commercial crops, Bamboo Production – MIDH, NFSM-CC, etc.

Rise in cotton output likely in northern States

  1. 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
  2. Reason: This is because of expectation of better yield due to conducive weather conditions
  3. In north India, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan are the major cotton producing States
  4. After the GM cotton crop suffered huge damage last year in Punjab and Haryana due to the whitefly pest attack, distressed farmers had sown less cotton this year
  5. The whitefly pest attack had caused extensive damage to Bt cotton varieties last year in Punjab and Haryana
  6. It resulted in a drop of nearly 40 per cent in production

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