JALGAON, India - India's cotton production in 2019/20 is likely to jump as much as 20% from a year ago to the highest level in five years due to a bigger cultivated area and a boost to yields from above-average monsoon rains, a senior industry official told Reuters.
Higher production by the world's biggest producer could put pressure on local prices and force New Delhi to buy the crop from farmers at a mandated price.
The South Asian country could produce 37.5 million cotton bales in 2019/20 marketing year starting from Oct. 1 compared to 31.2 million bales a year ago, Pradeep Jain, president of Khandesh Ginning and Pressing Factory Owners and Traders Association told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference.
"Yields are likely to be much higher due to good rainfall," he said.
(1 Indian bale = 170 kg)
(Reporting by Rajendra Jadhav; Editing by Edmund Blair)