“As per the Cotton Advisory Board (CAB), cotton production in India in the current season (2017-18) is expected to touch 37 mn bales growing at 7.25 per cent. The Northern zone produced 4.6 mn bales of cotton during 2016-17, registering a growth of 28.67 per cent. And Haryana emerged the topmost cotton producing state with a production of 2.05 mn bales of cotton. As per CAB, the Central zone is expected to produce 20.95 mn bales of cotton with Gujarat being the topmost cotton producing state. It is expected to produce 10.4 mn bales of cotton with a growth of 9.47 per cent. The Southern part of India is likely to produce 9.9 mn bales, a growth of over 10 per cent over last season. Out of the four States, Telangana produces the most cotton with 53 per cent share in the zone and 14 per cent in the country’s total production.”