Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.), an important fiber-yielding crop of global economic importance, is extensively grown in tropical and subtropical regions of more than 80 countries in the world. As it provides fiber for cloth, edible oil from the seed, and protein-rich seed cake, cotton can be described as a three-in-one wonder crop. Cotton is the major crop occupying 8.5 million ha in India, and on an average this crop is cultivated in 25,000 ha in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh alone. It is also one of the chief commercial crops grown, almost as a monocrop, in Nandyal division of Kurnool district. In fact, cotton is the fourth crop next to groundnut, Bengal gram and jowar cultivated in this area.
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