CHINA – Cotton production for 2012/13 is estimated at 33.5 million bales (7.3 million tons), up 2.0 million, or six per cent, from last month and up one per cent from last year. The estimated output is slightly below the 5-year average and well below the record set in 2007/08 (37.0 million bales).
The estimated area of 5.2 million hectares is up 4 per cent this month but down 4 per cent from last year.
Yield is estimated at 1,403 kilograms per hectare, up 2 per cent from last month and up 5 per cent from last year.
Record yields in Northwest China are expected to offset yield reductions in eastern China, which suffered from excessive rainfall and typhoon damage during the latter part of the growing season.
The revisions are based on procurement and classification data published by official Chinese sources, which indicate greater-than-expected output in 2012/13.
The increased production came almost entirely from Xinjiang province (Northwest China), which now accounts for more than half of China’s total cotton crop.
Favorable weather, increased planted area, heavy investment in irrigation and mechanisation, and supportive government procurement policies have all contributed to the remarkable output in Xinjiang this year.
(For more information, contact Paulette Sandene at 202-690-0133.)
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