China’s cotton yield dropped 2.2 percent year-on-year to 6.16 million tons in 2014, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said Wednesday [17 December 2014]. Cotton field depletion has led to a fall in the yield, said Song Yuezheng, a senior NBS official. Nationwide, cotton-growing land declined 2.9 percent in 2014 from the previous year to 63.29 million mu (4.2 million hectares), according to the NBS…Full Article: The Global Times Dec 2014

Key Point

  • The decline in production can be partly attributed to the temporary suspension of purchases by the central government, which serve it prop up domestic cotton prices.

ChinaAg Comment

  • In 2012, China produced 6.8 million MTs of cotton on 4.6 million hectares of land.

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