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Cotton Production in India Seen at Record as Rain Boosts Yields

The cotton harvest in India, the world’s second-biggest grower, will probably increase to a record this year as the best monsoon since 2007 improves yields, said the textile commissioner.

Production may total 37.5 million bales of 170 kilograms (375 pounds each) in the year that began Oct. 1 from 36.5 million bales in 2012-2013, Textiles Commissioner A.B. Joshi said after a meeting of the Cotton Advisory Board.