Maharashtra’s Cotton crop is likely to hit low this year. From a crop size of 82 lakh bales from last season to 70 lakh bales this season if the farmers remove Cotton after 2 pickings.
According to a survey by Cotton Association of India, that the third and fourth pickings by farmers could go into a complete loss. The survey suggests that the pink bollworm attack has been witnessed in the last 15 days this Kharif season and could cause damage to farmers resulting in a sharp drop in this year’s crop.
In one of the major Cotton growing belts Khandesh region, the association has identified 3 diseases , Pink bolworm, White Burshi and Thrisp. The plant height is reduced to 3-4 feet with barely 15 flowers per plant.
And also due to non-irrigated areas sowing in June end, the plants have become very weak in absence of rains.