Mumbai, India (BBN) – Climate change is affecting cotton production, according to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).
The ICAC members have reported that weather patterns are becoming increasingly unstable as a result of climate change, with consequent impacts on cotton production.
The issue was discussed at the ICAC plenary meeting held in Mumbai from December 7-11, according to a statement.
The ICAC secretariat had commissioned a special study on climate change and cotton production in modern farming systems.
It was noted that measures to increase soil organic matter can help maintain long-term soil fertility, while at the same time contributing to climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Members further noted that a positive outcome at the Paris Climate Change Conference would be a desirable step to attenuate the ongoing effects of climate change.
The meeting was attended by 398 persons, including representatives from 28 Members, 9 international organizations and 13 nonmember countries of the ICAC.
The 75th Plenary Meeting will be held in Islamabad, Pakistan, from October 31 to November 4, 2016. The 76th Plenary Meeting will be held in Mozambique.