December 11, 2013


China lowers forecast of cotton output for 2013


According to the Ministry of Agriculture's estimate, China's cotton output for 2013 would drop to 6.3 million tonnes, a decrease of 540,000 tonnes from last year.


Vice president of China Cotton Association, Lu Huaiyu, said that production was affected by cold weather during the planting season and heavy rainfalls from June to August in major producing regions, including Hunan, Jiangsu and Anhui.


In addition, higher government subsidies for grains pushed farmers to plant more rice and wheat, resulting in the reduction in planting acreage for cotton. Areas planted for the crop decreased by 280,000 hectares to 4.40 million hectares this year.