Source: Tecoya Trend

By Our Staff Reporter | MUMBAI, JUNE 14
The Cotton Association (CAI) in its May estimate of the cotton crop for the season 2020-21 beginning from 1st October 2020. CAI has reduced its production estimate by 4 lakh bales to 356 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each from its previous estimate of 360 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each.

Mr. Atul Ganatra, President, CAI, informed that the CAI has maintained its cotton crop estimate for the Northern Zone at the same level as in its previous month’s estimate i.e. at 65.50 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each.

The cotton crop estimate for the Central Zone has been reduced by 1.00 lakh bales to 194 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each from 195 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each estimated during the last month. There is a reduction of 1.00 lakh bales in the crop estimate for Gujarat state while the crop estimates of Maharashtra & Madhya Pradesh have been maintained at the same level as in the previous month. 

The cotton crop estimate for Southern Zone has been reduced by 3.00 lakh bales to 91.50 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each (i.e. 97.22 lakh running bales of 160 kgs. each) compared to the previous estimate of 94.50 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each (i.e. 100.41 lakh running bales of 160 kgs. each) made during the last month.

The cotton crop for Telangana is estimated lower by 3.00 lakh bales based on the pressing data provided by Telangana Cotton Millers & Traders Welfare Association whereas the cotton crop estimates for the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka & Tamil Nadu have been maintained at the same levels as estimated previously. Also there is no change in the cotton crop estimate for Orissa, Mr. Ganatra noted.

The total cotton supply estimated by the CAI, Mr. Ganatra said,during the period from October 2020 to May 2021 is 473.44 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each. This consists of the arrivals of 340.19 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each upto 31st May 2021, imports of 8.25 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each upto 31st May 2021 and the opening stock at the beginning of the season on 1st October  2020  at  125  lakh bales of 170 kgs. each.

Further, the CAI has estimated cotton consumption during the months of October 2020 to May 2021 at 220 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each while the export shipment of cotton upto 31st May 2021 is estimated at 58.00 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each, he added.

Stock at the end of May 2021, Mr. Ganatra said, is estimated by the CAI at 195.44 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each including 90.00 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each (i.e. 95.63 lakh running bales of 160 kgs. each) with textile mills and remaining 105.44 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each with CCI, Maharashtra Federation and others (MNCs, Traders, Ginners, etc.).

The yearly Balance Sheet projected by the CAI estimates total cotton supply till end of the cotton season i.e. upto 30th September 2021 at 491 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each consisting of the Opening Stock of 125 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each (i.e. 132.81 lakh running bales of 160 kgs. each) at the beginning of the cotton season, cotton crop for the season at 356 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each and imports estimated by the CAI at 10 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each, which are lower by 5.50 lakh bales of 170 kgs. from the previous year’s import estimated at 15.50 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each.

Domestic consumption for the entire crop year i.e. upto 30th September  2021  is  now estimated higher by 10 lakh bales to 325 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each considering the brisk demand for cotton yarn despite disruptions caused by lockdown to arrest spread of the second wave of COVID-19.

The CAI has also increased the exports estimate for the season from its previous estimate of 65 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each to 72 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each based on the feedback received from exporter members. This export estimate is higher by 22 lakh bales from the previous year’s cotton exports estimate of 50 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each. The carryover stock at the end of the season i.e. on 30th September 2021 is estimated at 94 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each, he added. (Source: Tecoya Trend)