Gujarat Cotton growers are expecting a lower yield and crop failure due to insufficient rains in the state. The state has similar acreage of Cotton this year as it was last year but at the crucial growing period many Cotton growing areas, mainly in Saurashtra and North Gujarat are still dry and do not have enough irrigation facilities.
According to farmers and Cotton industry experts, it will be harmful for standing Cotton crop if the state does not have good spell of monsoon instantly.
According to the state agriculture department’s latest data, as on August 6, 2018, Cotton sowing has been done on 2.65 million hectares which was 2.64 million hectares in corresponding period last year. Cotton crop needs immediate rain in its growing period and if rain does not come within a week, Cotton may face big loss.
This year, farmers had begun sowing late due to delay in monsoon. The flood situation has already damaged Cotton in some parts of Saurashtra and South Gujarat. Yield of the crop will not be as expected in Gujarat this year in present scenario.