The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) recently said cotton production in states is either declining or stagnant amid a fear of economic slowdown. RBI’s Handbook of Statistics on Indian States 2021-22 said the production in Andhra Pradesh declined from 2.508 mn bales (of 170 kg each) to 1.6 mn bales in fiscal 2020-21. Production has increased in Rajasthan and Maharashtra.