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Shankar Kapas is majorly grown in Gujarat followed by Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Karnataka. It is a 4-month long crop with a 2-month sowing window, around June-July. Thus the arrival of the crop is typically seen during October. The seed extracted from such variety is crushed to extract oil and the by-product which is left after crushing is Cottonseed oil cake generally used as cattle feed. Typically raw cotton contains 35% Fiber and 65% seed by weight. Raw cotton is measured and stored in units of maunds (20 kg) bag each.

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Uses of Kapas
– Lint obtained from Kapas is majorly used for manufacturing of yarn and for export purpose
– Demand of Kapas is gradually increasing with the increase in textile industry and importers of cotton from India.
– On the other hand seed obtained from Kapas goes for crushing which in turn produces cotton seed oil cake and cotton oil.

Factors influencing the price
– Weather condition in cotton producing areas especially at sowing, flowering and harvesting stage
– Demand of lint from textile industry
– Demand for Cotton seed from crushing industry
– Demand for Cotton Seed Oil Cake from farmers, dairy and feed industry
– Price movement in Cotton bales & Cotton seed
– International production of Cotton.


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