Monday, November 29, 1999

Cotton acreage in Haryana fails to reach 6 lakh hect mark

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Chandigarh, June 18 (PTI) Area under cotton in Haryana stood at 4.50 lakh hectares in the kharif season, which is much below the targeted area of six lakh hectares primarily due to extremely high temperature during sowing period, said a senior official. "Area under cotton cultivation during the current season stands at 4.5 lakh hectares in Haryana," a senior Haryana Agriculture Department official told PTI today. The official ascribed the non-achievement of targeted area under cotton to extreme heat conditions that even caused burning of crops in some parts of the cotton belt. He also pointed out the non-availability of canal water for irrigation during the beginning of the sowing season. "As a result of these two factors, farmers shied away from the cotton crop that led to decline in acreage," the official said, adding that due to insufficiency of canal water, the cotton sowing completion delayed by 10-15 days in Haryana. Haryana was eyeing 6 lakh hectares of area under cotton this season with output of 25.06 lakh bales. "With less area under cultivation now, the cotton output of the state will certainly dip," an expert said. Last year, the total area under cotton stood at 5.07 lakh hectares with production of 19.26 lakh bales. Cotton crop is mainly grown in Sirsa, Fatehabad, Bhwani, Hisar and Jind districts of Haryana. PTI CHS.

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