September 24, 2022
  • September 24, 2022

Textile industry to submit proposal to increase cotton productivity

By on July 26, 2022 0

Annual cotton production in the country is expected to drop to the lowest level of 315 lakh bales this season

Annual cotton production in the country is expected to drop to the lowest level of 315 lakh bales this season

The textile industry will soon submit a proposal to the government aimed at improving the quality and productivity of cotton.

Union Textile Minister Piyush Goyal and Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar held a meeting with cotton sector stakeholders on July 24.

Ravi Sam, President of the Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA), who participated in the meeting, said a multi-pronged approach is needed for farmers to sow quality seeds and adopt best practices, improve soil health and reduce cotton contamination.

The industry will submit a proposal to the government, start engaging with farmers and also provide them with support to increase productivity and improve quality. “The goal is to start working with farmers for winter planting,” he said.

A press release from SIMA, the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry, and the Cotton Textile Export Promotion Council said annual cotton production in the country is expected to drop to the all-time low of 315 lakh bales. this season.

The July 24 stakeholder meeting discussed the need and ways to adopt global best practices and also mark Indian cotton and textile products. Stakeholders need to come together and work on a mission mode for holistic growth of the cotton textile value chain. It was decided at the meeting to have farm-to-industry testing facilities, to produce clean and contamination-free cotton, to have a strategy to curb the illegal sale of fake seeds and to educate the young farmers to use certified genetically pure seeds, he said.