Rain deficit: Cotton acreage may get a leg-up as farmers shift to the hardy cash crop


The seasonal rainfall deficit in the state remains high at 37% of the long period average (LPA) as of Monday, little change from the 39% shortfall as of July 13. The sowing area under cotton was down 10% at 1.8 million hectares while groundnut coverage was down 16% at 1.5 million hectares until July 16.