The Cotton Association of India (CAI), in its third estimate, on Monday, said the cotton crop for the season 2013-14, that began this month, was expected at 381 lakh bales (each bale is 170 kg).

Even as late rains delayed arrivals of seed cotton, the available moisture is likely to help increase yields, and result in a larger than estimated crop, the CAI said in a release.

If the monsoon withdraws during the next few days, a better crop can be expected, it said.

Earlier, the CAI had placed the cotton crop for the season 2012-13 at 356.75 lakh bales. — PTI