Exports dropped amid rising cotton prices, now pests are increasing

during Kharif season Cotton was the main crop, but the pink caterpillar has affected not only the cotton sector but also its quality. Last year saw a sharp drop in production due to natural calamities and pest infestation. As a result, the record price of cotton Despite , exports to the world market declined. Cotton […]
 


Exports dropped amid rising cotton prices, now pests are increasingduring Kharif season Cotton was the main crop, but the pink caterpillar has affected not only the cotton sector but also its quality. Last year saw a sharp drop in production due to natural calamities and pest infestation. As a result, the record price of cotton Despite , exports to the world market declined. Cotton from Khandesh region (Maharashtra) is most preferred by exporters and cotton is the most cultivated crop in Khandesh.

But this year, cotton production has declined due to increased pest infestation, affecting exports. first time this year Marathwada And cotton has been exported from Vidarbha. Khandesh’s cotton exports have declined by 80 per cent.

The biggest crisis on cotton is due to the increasing infestation of pink larvae, which has reduced the area under cotton in Marathwada. Along with banana, cotton is also cultivated on a large scale in Khandesh. Cotton is cultivated in 8 lakh 50 thousand hectares in Jalgaon district alone.

However, cotton growers are facing problems due to the outbreak of locust. Efforts are being made at the government level to stop the outbreak of bollworm. The limit has been fixed for cotton cultivation after June 1, so that farmers can do integrated management and reduce pest infestation.

No movement even in the local market

The erratic nature and excessive rainfall have led to a decline in cotton production. In the final stage, the infestation of pink larvae as well as other pests has increased rapidly. Such adverse conditions have reduced not only the production but also the quality of cotton. As a result, exporters stopped buying due to poor quality and till the end there was no demand for low quality cotton in the domestic market. Therefore, the farmers have not directly benefited from the higher prices.

cotton acreage will increase during kharif season

In view of the record price of cotton this year, the Agriculture Department says that farmers will once again turn to cotton cultivation in the next Kharif season. Especially in Marathwada, where its production has declined in the last 5 years. Therefore, taking precautions, the Agriculture Department is now appealing to the farmers to do farming under their guidance. To reduce the impact of pests, the Agriculture Department will sell cotton seeds to farmers from June 1, so that farmers do not cultivate it prematurely, which increases the effect of pests.