As part of the tour to study the modern practices in cotton farming including high-density cultivation, a team of elected representatives and officials led by Telangana Minister for Agriculture S. Niranjan Reddy visited a cotton research centre in Texas in the US on Thursday.

After going round the research centre and interacting with officials there, the Minister said high-density cotton farming was carried out with several benefits such as higher production and less inter-cultivation costs.

He stated that as part of crop diversification the farmers there were cultivating maize after cotton in a year and getting good yield. He observed that large-scale mechanisation of farming, high-yielding varieties and very large landholdings were key behind the success of farming in the US.