CAI INCREASES ITS CROP ESTIMATE FOR THE COTTON SEASON 201920 TO 360 LAKH BALES 
Cotton Association of India (CAI) has released its September estimate of the cotton crop for the season 201920 beginning from 1st October 2019. The CAI has increased its cotton crop estimate for 201920 to 360 bales of 170 Kgs. each (equivalent to 382.50 lakh running bales of 160 Kgs. each) compared to its previous estimate of 354.50 lakh bales of 170 Kgs. each (equivalent to 376.65 lakh running bales of 160 Kgs. each). The cotton crop finalised by the CAI for the last year i.e. for the crop year 201819 was 312.00 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each (equivalent to 331.50 lakh running bales of 160 Kgs. each). A statement containing the Statewise estimate of the cotton crop and the balance sheet as on 30th September 2020 drawn by the Crop Committee of the CAI with the corresponding data for 201819 crop year are enclosed.
The Crop Committee of the Association has estimated total cotton supply till end of the cotton season i.e. upto 30^{th} September 2020 at 407.50 lakh bales of 170 Kgs. each (equivalent to 433 lakh running bales of 160 Kgs. each) which consists of the Opening Stock of 32.00 lakh bales of 170 Kgs. each (equivalent to 34 lakh running bales of 160 Kgs. each) at the beginning of the cotton season on 1st October 2019, crop for the season estimated at 360 lakh bales of 170 Kgs. each (equivalent to 382.50 lakh running bales of 160 Kgs. each) and imports estimated by the CAI at 15.50 lakh bales of 170 Kgs. each (equivalent to 16.47 lakh running bales of 160 Kgs. each). The imports are estimated to be lower by 16.50 lakh bales of 170 Kgs. each compared to the previous year’s estimate of 32.00 lakh bales (equivalent to 34 lakh running bales of 160 Kgs. each).
Domestic consumption for the entire crop year i.e. upto 30th September 2020 has been estimated at 250.00 lakh bales (equivalent to 265.63 lakh running bales of 160 Kgs. each)i.e. at the same level as estimated by the CAI previously. The CAI has retained its export estimate for the season at the same level as estimated by it previously i.e. at 50 lakh bales of 170 Kgs. each (equivalent to 53.13 lakh running bales of 160 Kgs. each) The carryover stock estimated at the end of the season is 107.50 lakh bales of 170 Kgs. each (equivalent to 114.22 lakh running bales of 160 Kgs. each).
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HIGHLIGHTS OF DELIBERATIONS HELD BY THE CROP COMMITTEE OF COTTON ASSOCIATION OF INDIA ON 8^{TH }OCTOBER 2020
Crop Committee of Cotton Association of India (CAI) has arrived at its September estimate of the cotton crop for the 201920 season beginning on 1st October 2019 and drawn estimated cotton balance sheet based on the data available from various trade sources, upcountry associations and other stakeholders.
The following are the highlights of deliberations of the Crop Committee of the CAI: 
1) CONSUMPTION
The CAI has retained its consumption estimate for the current crop year at the same level as estimated by it previously i.e. 250.00 lakh bales of 170 Kgs. each, which is equivalent to 265.63 lakh running bales of 160 Kgs. each. The consumption for the Season is less by 61.50 lakh bales of 170 Kgs. each (equivalent to 65.34 lakh running bales of 160 Kgs. each) compared to that of the previous cotton season mainly due to the disruptions caused on account of lockdown and the shortage of labour.
2) PRODUCTION
The CAI has increased its cotton production estimate for the season 201920 by 5.50 lakh bales of 170 Kgs. each to 360.00 lakh bales of 170 Kgs. each (equivalent to 382.50 lakh running bales of 160 Kgs. each) as against its production estimate of 354.50 lakh bales of 170 Kgs. each (equivalent to 376.65 lakh running bales of 160 Kgs. each) made earlier. The production estimate for the Central zone has been increased by 5.50 lakh bales of 170 Kgs. each (i.e. 2.50 lakh bales each of 170 Kgs. each in the States Gujarat and Maharashtra and 50,000 bales of 170 Kgs. each in Madhya Pradesh while increase of production estimate in the State of Telangana compared to the previous crop estimate (i.e. 52 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each as against 51 lakh bales of 170 Kgs. each estimated earlier) has been offset against reduction of 1.00 lakh bales of 170 Kgs. each in the crop estimate for Karnataka (i.e. 20 lakh bales of 170 kgs. each estimated now compared to the previous estimate of 21 lakh bales of 170 Kgs. each).
3) IMPORTS
The estimate of the cotton imports into India for the season has been reduced by 50,000 bales of 170 Kgs. each to 15.50 lakh bales of 170 Kgs. each (equivalent to 16.47 lakh running bales of 160 Kgs. each) by the CAI as against its previous estimate of 16.00 lakh bales of 170 Kgs. each (equivalent to 17 lakh running bales of 160 Kgs. each). This import estimate is lower by 16.50 lakh bales of 170 Kgs. each (equivalent to 17.53 lakh running bales of 160 Kgs. each) compared to that estimated for the last year.
4) EXPORTS
The CAI has retained its export estimate at the same level as estimated by it previously i.e. at 50.00 lakh bales of 170 Kgs. each (equivalent to 53.13 lakh running bales of 160 Kgs. each) against the previous year’s exports estimate of 42.00 lakh bales of 170 Kgs. each (equivalent to 44.63 lakh running bales of 160 Kgs. each).
5) CLOSING STOCK AS ON 30TH SEPTEMBER
Closing stock as on 30th September 2020 is estimated by the Committee at 107.50 lakh bales of 170 K.gs. each which is equivalent to about 114 lakh running bales of 160 kgs. each.
The meeting of the CAI Crop Committee has taken place on WhatsApp and more than 20 Members have participated.
Mumbai 
Atul S. Ganatra 
Date: 12^{th} October 2020 
President 
COTTON ASSOCIATION OF INDIA  
INDIAN COTTON CROP ESTIMATE FOR THE SEASON 201819 AND 201920  
Estimated as on 30th September 2020 

