MAHARASHTRA – A major new study suggests climate change is negatively impacting cotton production at every stage of the cotton crop in India’s largest cotton producing state, Maharashtra. Researchers carried out climate analysis over 30 years and tracked the experiences 2,396 farmers. They found negative climate impacts on both the quality and quantity of cotton produce.
The authors claim the findings have large implications for the textile industry as the raw material is at risk. “Urgent action is needed to secure and diversify sourcing locations amidst risks to the quality and quantity of cotton due to increased rainfall at the harvesting stage,” claims the report.
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