The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has included North Karnataka in its study on India’s cotton prospects.

USDA, which has begun its studies in different parts of India, has already visited Nagpur and Gujarat.

According to Karnatak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) President, N. P. Javali, the USDA team is studying agriculture production with reference to cotton production and consumption estimates.

On Thursday, agricultural specialist of the US Consulate, Mumbai, interacted with cotton growers and traders at Hubli.

David Williams, senior agricultural attaché and Dhruv Sood, agricultural specialist at US Consulate, Mumbai, interacted with people associated with cotton trade.

Williams gave a presentation on the growth of global cotton trading and said this year China has grown cotton in excess compared to Australia and India.

The USDA having its office in Mumbai and Delhi focuses on growth of cotton especially on yield per acre of different varieties such as Jayadar and BT Cotton. USDA has been maintaining cotton data and regularly collects opinion from the cotton growers and the traders on global cotton production.

According to Sood, “In America, cotton is grown 11-12 quintal per acre whereas, in India, the production is just 7-8 quintal per acre.”

“The USDA team had a detailed discussion with the farmers and the traders, explained about improvement of quality and growth of cotton,” said Vasant N. Ladawa, Vice-President, KCCI.

anil.u@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on September 13, 2012)
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