India is expected to regain the top-producer status in 2019-20 season, surpassing China, which became the leading cotton producer in 2018-19, according to the US department of agriculture (USDA). India’s cotton production during the season is forecast to increase by 3-mn-bales to 28.5 mn bales, while China is likely to produce 27.75 mn bales. “For 2019-20, India’s cotton area is forecast to rise slightly to 12.35 mn hectares (30.5 mn acres), as price expectations remain favourable for cotton. The national yield is also projected to rebound from last season’s below-average level, supporting the 3-mn-bale increase in cotton production to 28.5 mn bales in 2019-20,” the economic research service of the USDA said in its latest ‘Cotton and Wool Outlook’ report.