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Recently, the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) stated that India’s cotton production is expected to dip by 7% due to “insufficient rainfall” in growing regions.
At the same time production in China is expected to increase because of better farming practices by about 1%, enabling China to regain the ‘top producer’ title it lost to India in the 2015-16 season.
Issues with Cotton Production in India
The adverse climatic and water availability situation in cotton growing regions. About 77% of India’s growing region is non irrigated, making it highly dependent on rains.
Reluctance to adding new areas for cotton cultivation because of the pest menace.
The lack of awareness among farmers on good farming practices.
International Cotton Advisory Committee
The ICAC is an association of members of cotton producing, consuming and trading countries. The Committee was formed in 1939, and the Secretariat was established in 1946.
It is headquartered in Washington DC, U.S.A.
India is one of the 27 members of this grouping since 1939.
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