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Australia Cotton Area To Decline 10% in 2017/18

13 Feb 2018 5:36 pm
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MUMBAI(Commoditiescontrol): Cotton acreage in Australia is expected to drop 10 percent to 500,000 hectares in 2017/18 due to fall in supply of irrigation water available to growers.

Area planted to irrigated cotton is estimated to have fallen by 8 percent to 394,000 hectares because of lower supplies of irrigation water available to cotton growers.

As on 29 January 2018, the average storage level of public irrigation dams serving cotton-growing regions was around 43 per cent of capacity, down from 63 per cent, during the same time last year.

Area planted to dryland cotton is estimated to have fallen by 17 percent to 106,000 hectares due to low level of soil moisture content during the planting window (August to December).

Production is forecast to rise by 12 per cent to 995,000 tonnes of cotton lint and 1.4 million tonnes of cottonseed because of a expected rise in irrigated cotton yields from the below average yields of last year.

New South Wales

Area planted to cotton in 2017–18 is estimated to have fallen by 16 per cent to 310,000 hectares. Area planted to irrigated cotton is estimated to have declined by 12 per cent to 262,000 hectares and area planted to dryland cotton is estimated to have fallen by 33 per cent to 48,000 hectares. 

Production is forecast to increase by 16 per cent to 667,000 tonnes of cotton lint and around 943,000 tonnes of cottonseed because of a forecast increase in yields for irrigated cotton from the below average yields of last year.

Queensland

Area planted to cotton is estimated to have risen by 2 per cent to 190,000 hectares in 2017–18. Area planted to irrigated cotton is estimated to have increased by 1 per cent to 132,000 hectares and area planted to dryland cotton is estimated to have risen by 4 per cent to 58,000 hectares.

Cotton production is forecast to increase by 4 per cent to 328,000 tonnes of cotton lint and around 464,000 tonnes of cottonseed in 2017–18. The average yield is forecast to increase by 2 per cent.



(By Commoditiescontrol Bureau; +91-22-40015534)


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