Pakistan sees 2017-18 cotton crop down by 2 million bales.

Pakistan year-to-Jul 2018 cotton output is seen down by 2 million bales (1bale=170kg) to 12.04 million bales due to water shortage and concerns over yield owing to late sowing. For 2017-18, Pakistan has set a cotton production target of around 14.4 million bales and is eyeing an area of 3.11 million ha under the crop. India may get an opportunity to export raw cotton in the coming season due to lower production in the neighboring country. India total cotton exports to Pakistan in 2016-17 (Oct-Sep) are estimated at 1.8-2.0 million bales.