November 14, 2023 Nashik: Cotton production in north Maharashtra is likely to decline by 25% this year due to inadequate rainfall. Normal annual cotton production in north Maharashtra is about 20 lakh tonnes, and about 10 lakh hectares of land is used to cultivate this crop. According to the state agriculture department, cotton production this year may fall to 15 lakh tonnes. “Cotton crops have been badly affected this year. Cotton production is likely to be reduced by 25-30% this year,” said agricultural officials. Cotton is sown in all four districts of north Jalgaon, Dhule, Nandurbar and Nashik. In Nashik, cotton is sown in Malegaon and Yeola talukas. Of the total cotton acreage, 60% is non-irrigated and 40% is irrigated. Exact quantum of losses will be known only after the harvest is over by January-end.