India: Cotton and Products Update April 2021

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Post forecasts India’s MY 2021/22 cotton production will increase by four percent to 29.5 million 480 lb. bales on a reduced area of 12.9 million hectares. Yields are expected to improve by five percent based on the expectation of a normal monsoon forecast by the Indian Meteorological Department. In April, cotton fiber and yarn prices decreased due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, which has led to a slowdown in the production and consumption of textile products. Domestic retail demand remains severely hampered by the pandemic; however, exports of cotton and cotton products are rising, providing the best chance of recovery in the sector.

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