Karnataka’s farmers anticipate good returns for this season’s cotton crop


Hubali (or Mangalore) Tuesday, January 2, 2018: Karnataka’s cotton farmers are expecting good prices for their cotton yields this season which is witnessing its third and last picking of the cotton crop. According to Agmark, the current market price of cotton is in the range of Rs. 4500 to Rs. 5230 per quintal, as compared to Rs. 4400 to Rs. 5200 per quintal same time last year. Agmark is central government’s portal which tracks and updates the price movements and arrival of commodities into the market.

According to the data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Govt. of India, this Kharif season saw farmers opting for cotton and sugarcane as compared to pulses, coarse grains and oilseeds. Aided by good rains and efficient crop management practices, cotton yields in the state is up from ~ 537 kg/ hectare last Kharif season to ~ 769 kg/ hectare this Kharif season. Over the past decade, Karnataka’s farmers have contributed to India’s cotton revolution by doubling production choosing to plant hybrid cotton seeds with in-the-seed insect protection Bt cotton technologies on over 80 percent of the state’s cotton acres.

Rajasekharam V, Regional Market Development Manager, Monsanto said, "Karnataka’s farmers have reposed their trust in cotton crop and have planted hybrids with Bollgard® technologies. Cotton over the years has provided the state’s farmers with consistent yields and better returns."

In southern India, the crop season begins in the month of May and extends till November when the first harvest takes place.

Badesaab Shalimayyanavar, farmer from Raichur district, Karnataka said, "In our district, the season has progressed really well. The weather has been promising; hence, we are seeing a potential for above average crop. Bt cotton has enabled us get higher yields and has fetched us better returns through the past few years."

Karnataka produces 28 lakh bales of cotton every season, which accounts for 7 percent of the total cotton production of the country. Cotton is mainly grown in the north Karnataka plateau which offers ideal conditions for cotton production. The total area under cotton cultivation in the state exceeds 6.8 lakh hectares of land. Raichur, Gulbarga, Yadgir, Bellary and Chitradurga are the major cotton producing districts in the state.

Besides Karnataka, the largest cotton producing states are Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab and Tamil Nadu.