The earliest evidence for the cultivation of cotton is in Egypt and from 500 BC. Nowadays many millions of tonnes of cotton are produced worldwide (26MT of cotton were produced on over 33MHa in 2007/2008). Today the leading producers of cotton are India and China. The third largest producer (and the largest exporter) is the USA. Other leading producers include, Pakistan, Brazil, Uzbekistan, Australia, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Greece.

Scientific Name
Gossypium sp.

Common Names

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