Drought pushes cotton imports to all-time high

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PUNE: India is set to register its highest cotton imports in 2015-16 as domestic supplies have dwindled due to two consecutive droughts in the country, trade sources said.

India is likely to import more than 15 lakh bales (each of 170 kg) of cotton as against the previous import high of 14.6 lakh bales in 2012-13.

“We are going to import record cotton this year,” said Atul Asher, secretary at Indian Cotton Federation. “It will be more than 15 lakh tonne.”

Traders said 7-8 lakh bales have already been imported and that the total imports could go up to 18 lakh bales.

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