Gujarat floods: 30% of sown cotton, groundnut damaged
The torrential rain in the state has hurt sowing and has resulted in damage to 30% of the cotton and groundnut crop where sowing had been completed. Sowing this season had progressed faster than last year, and was about 23% for land was sown at the same point last year.
“Around 25% of land sown with cotton is affected. Banaskantha, Rajkot, Morbi and Amreli have seen some part of sown fields washed out by the heavy rains. Whether these fields are re-sown remains to be seen,” said Arun Dalal, a city-based cotton trader. According to him, cotton prices showed a downward trend one week ago as sowing had picked up pace. Reports of crop damage led to prices moving up, albeit marginally.