Cotton procurement in Maharashtra

Last Modified: Sat May 23 2020 20:35:59 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • Oct 2019 - Sep 2020
    Current procurement window across the country, including Maharashtra.
  • Rs 5,255 - Rs. 5,550
    Minimum Support Price set for the procurement window. Support price for medium staple cotton has been fixed at Rs. 5,255 per quintal, while for long staple cotton it has fixed at Rs. 5,550 per quintal.
  • 83
    Number of centres operational since the start of procurement in Oct until 24 Mar. Procurement in the state is done through the Maharashtra State Cotton Growers Federation, a sub-agent of Cotton Corporation of India. Private traders participate in the procurement process as well. Both agencies come under Government of India's Ministry of Textiles.
  • 145.90 lakh quintals
    Total raw, unginned cotton (kapas) procured as on 24 Mar, eve of the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, by CCI and MSCCF. CCI = 91.90 lakh quintals and MSCCF = 54 lakh quintals. Kapas has been procured from an estimated 1.66 lakh farmers. The state has around 40 lakh farmers.
  • 77.40%
    Percentage of kapas produced in the state that had arrived in the markets and sold as of 24 Mar, eve of the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown according to Ministry to Textile press release. This information is at odds with ground reporting that suggests, 66% is yet to be sold (see below).
  • ₹4,995 crore
    Value of kapas procured by CCI as on 24 Mar.
  • ₹4,987 crore
    Payments released to farmers by CCI against kapas procured as on 24 Mar, i.e. 99.8% of payment for procured kapas, has already reached farmers.
  • 22
    Number of centres that are currently operational during the lockdown period. CCI to issue passes/tokens to farmers. Constant monitoring by the Ministry of Textiles through daily status reports on arrival of farmers and procurement in the APMCs. A total 36,500 quintals of Kapas equivalent to 6900 bales have been procured as of between 25 Mar to 04 May.
  • 27
    Number of centres that fall under red zones and where procurement is expected to pick up after 03 May 2020.
  • 25%
    Percentage of Maharashtra’s cotton produce worth Rs 5,500 crore remains unsold at the start of May, according to Anantrao Deshmukh, a member of Maharashtra State Cotton Growers’ Marketing Federation (MSCGMF). This, even as the nationwide lockdown and unseasonal rains have hit the procurement season which typically ends by April.
  • Rs. 3,100 per quintal
    Rate at which several farmers in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, the main cultivation zone for the crop in the state, are reported to be forced to sell their kapas produce as unseasonal rains are affecting the quality of produce and the need for money to buy seeds, fertilisers and pesticide for the upcoming cropping season that begins mid-June.
  • 22 May 2020
    Farmers belonging to the Shetkari Sanghatana burnt cotton across the state to mark their protest against the central and state governments for delay in procurement of cotton. Shetkari Sanghatana state president Anil Ghanvat said that cotton worth crores of rupees is lying with the farmers even as the government continues to delay its procurement.
  • 410 lakh quintal
    Estimated production in the state this year.
  • 43.84 lakh hectares
    Area under cotton production in the state, up from last year’s 42.54 lakh hectares. So, this year the increase is of almost 70,000 hectares.
  • 3 lakh quintal
    Cotton still lying with nearly 15,000 farmers as on 19 May 2020 in Yavatmal district with 3,45,923 quintal already procured. According to Yavatmal district deputy registrar (DDR) of cooperative societies Ramesh Katke, 15,079 farmers have registered online with the federation, while 15,797 have registered with Cotton Corporation of India. Various stakeholders commit to complete procurement by 31 May 2020.
  • 17 lakh quintal
    Cotton still lying with nearly 29,000 farmers as on 19 May 2020 in Wardha district with 23 lakh quintal already procured from 15,000 farmers. An estimated 40 lakh quintal has been grown by around 44,000 farmers on 4.05 lakh hectare of land.