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GUJARAT – Cotton yields in India have hit all-time lows for the 2018-19 season amid an ongoing drought affecting 40 per cent of the country – and which some are claiming to be linked to climate change. Latest figures from the US department of agriculture (USDA) suggest India is still expected to be the largest global producer of cotton in 2018-19, with the crop projected at 28.5 million bales, unchanged from the previous year. Yet drought is hitting yields according to the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI), which suggests that drought in many cotton growing regions of Gujarat, a few regions of Maharashtra and a few areas in other cotton growing states has affected cotton yields.

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