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.

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.