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India Cotton Area, Production Revised Upwards

10 September 2012
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

INDIA - India’s 2012/13 cotton area and production are forecast higher at a respective 11.1 million hectares and 24.4 million 480 lb bales as rains across major growing areas have improved following the sporadic start of the monsoon.

Harvest will likely be delayed by a few weeks across northern and parts of central India due to planting delays.

Exports in 2011/12 are estimated higher as shipments during the May-July period exceeded expectations following the lifting of the export ban.

The Government of India has not announced a new export policy for the 2012/13 marketing year.

Cotton consumption by Indian mills remains strong given steady and profitable spinning margins and strong demand for yarn from China.

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