which held the second rank until recently.
China's is the world's leading cotton producer.
The US had held the position for long; but observers were convinced it was a matter of time
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently estimated Indian output at 4.572 million tonnes, while the US itself will produce 4.430 million tonnes, down from previous year's 5.201 million tonnes. Interestingly, Asia dominates the global cotton sector in terms of both output and use. China, India and Pakistan account for half of the world's cotton production and two- thirds of world cotton consumption. Pakistan is the world's fourth largest producer and third largest consumer.
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