Built to Thrive in Arid Climates
Cotton is a xerophyte — a plant that requires very little water to grow. It is basically a desert crop, with a deep root system that’s ideal for arid climates. A cotton plant needs water at critical times during its growth to produce a good yield, but most of the time, seasonal rainfall (sometimes assisted by irrigation) is all that cotton needs!
1 Acre of Grass = 1 Acre of Cotton
It's summer in the Northern Hemisphere! Home owners are watering their grass, and golf courses are pampering their immaculate greens and fairways. Here's something for cotton's critics to consider, as they water their lawns and prepare to tee off on a Sunday morning... It takes more water to grow an acre of grass than it does to grow an acre of cotton.
Your 'Fact' Is Off by 93%!
For years, media outlets have been reporting that it requires as many as 20,000 litres of water to grow a single kilgram of cotton fibre. But comprehensive research by the ICAC's own Dr. Keshav Kranthi, Head of the Technical Information Section, shows that cotton needs only 1,214 litres of blue water to produce 1 kg of lint. More than 60% of the water cotton 'consumes' is 'green water' that simply falls from the sky and is returned to the environment as part of the natural life cycle.