China sees 2010 cotton acreage down 2.3 pct-report (04/30/2010)

Updated: 2010/4/30 10:20:00

BEIJING, April 28 - Farmers in China, the world´s top consumer of cotton, are likely to plant 2.3 percent less acreage this year from last year, a survey conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics showed.

Lower domestic output could prompt China, the world´s largest buyer, to import more from the world market, particularly the United States and India.

Earlier, the China Cotton Research Institute, had estimated a decrease of 5 percent for this year.[ID:nTOE61104Z]

Acreage is seen falling largely in central provinces of Shandong and Henan along the Yellow River, according to the survey posted on an industry website (

It attributed the decrease to lower returns from cotton farming and weak demand last year from China´s textile industry amid the global financial crisis. Farmers in these provinces grow more wheat instead due to Beijing´s subsidies.

But farmers in Xinjiang, the top cotton area, will increase the area slightly, according to the report.

China produced 6.4 million tonnes of cotton in 2009, a fall of 14.6 percent on year. China´s cotton imports picked up this year following a recovery in demand from textile makers. Imports in March surged 228 percent on year to 323,800 tonnes.

Source: Reuters

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