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Why explains Dr. Keshav Kranthi*: “India has the largest cotton area in the world. Climatic factors are most ideally suited for cotton cultivation. There is tremendous scope for the country to emerge as the global leader. However, progress is being hampered by incorrect technological options that do not match the conditions.
Clearly there is a need to move away from the existing systems towards alternative approaches that can lead towards high yields coupled with low production costs and sustainable technologies.
During 2006-2015 yields in India ranged from 484 to 566 Kg lint per hectar. By comparison in recent years, national average yields in Australia, Brazil, China, Turkey, Mexico and Israel crossed 1500 kg lint per hectare. It is worth examining the key technologies that are pursued by these countries which could then be used in India and other countries that have a large cotton acreage in choosing only those technologies that are most appropriate for their needs and local conditions, with focus on sustainability. Sustainable production technologies, that are being followed in China, Australia, Turkey and Brazil are:
*Dr. Keshav Kranthi, serves as Director ICAR-Central Institute for Cotton Research, Nagpur, Maharashtra India. Recently he was appointed as Head of Technical Information Service at the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) where he will take office in April 2017
Source: Bremen Cotton Report 49-50-16
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