Also, If rains continue to hit the state for the next few days more crop is likely to get damaged. Cotton sowing in Maharashtra is expected to cross 4.2 million hectares. In Gujarat, it would be around 2.7 million hectares. Overall, the cotton acreage in the north is expected to be around 1.5 million hectares and the same for southern states is likely to remain at around 3.5-4.0 million hectares. Also, In Punjab, the area under cotton cultivation is the lowest since 2010, also the Cotton crop is on the radar for a second straight year as attacks of whitefly and pink bollworm have been witnessed in Punjab.
As per Agriwatch, for the coming week heavy rains may be witnessed across the key cotton-growing regions such as Maharashtra, Marathwada, Vidarbha, Telangana, Gujarat, Saurashtra, Kutch, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Punjab, and Haryana. These rains will further likely to affect the cotton crop in the coming week. Also, Due to these heavy rains cotton sowing has been affected and we expect that cotton farmers from Telangana may shift towards chilies if these rains continue to affect the crop.