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Wrangler to address soil health improvement in US cotton farms

Wrangler, the global leader in jeanswear and casual apparel, has announced a new pilot programme to address soil health improvement through sustainable growing methods. The apparel retailer purchases roughly half of the cotton for its products from the US. The US cotton industry outperforms most other cotton growing regions across the globe on environmental metrics. The company wants to determine how even greater environmental and economic benefits can be achieved through a programmatic focus on soil health. […]

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Indian Government may increase MSP for cotton

India’s Union Agriculture Ministry has reportedly put forward a proposal to increase the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of cotton by Rs. 160 per quintal to Rs. 4,320 for the 2017-18 per quintal this year from Rs. 3,860. The new crop year will begin from July. This news has come when farmers prepare fields for kharif sowing. According to reports, the Ministry has moved a Cabinet note for inter-ministerial comments on fixing MSP at Rs. 4,020 […]

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Indian Textiles Minister takes Twitter route to promote cotton industry

India’s Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani has initiated a new Twitter campaign to promote cotton in the country by asking twitteratis join the movement and post pictures with cotton wearables. Celebrating the cotton industry, Irani tweeted a picture of herself in a cotton saree and encouraged others to share their #CottonIsCool looks as well. The Textiles Minister began the campaign by tweeting that India is among the largest cotton producing countries in the world, […]

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India’s cotton production to rise 20% next season

India’s current cotton crop production season ending this September is expected to reach about 34.1 million bales (170 Kgs each). However, next season’s crop production (October 2017-September 2018) could be 20 per cent higher than the current season, as Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) Chairman M. M. Chockalingam said, “Farmers are enthusiastic about cotton crop plantation.” This year, cotton farmers in India have realized good price for cotton, which has not been the case in […]

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Ethiopian delegation visits GPN to learn cotton growing methods

A delegation from Ethiopia comprising top officials from various departments paid a visit to Government Polytechnic Nagpur (GPN) in India last week, to learn about cotton growing methods and development in cotton textiles. The visit was part of their study tour in India. The delegation included officials from Ethiopian Industry Input Development Enterprise, Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute, Cotton Producers, Ginners and Exporters Association Ethiopia, Ministry of Agriculture and Natural resources and Ministry of Industry. […]

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BT cotton to boost Bangladesh’s cotton production

Bangladesh Cotton Development Board (CDB), the apex organization of Bangladesh cotton industry, has expressed hope that the country would be able to produce one million bales of cotton by 2020 via introducing BT cotton, a genetically modified organism (GMO) cotton variety. At present, Bangladesh produces only 150,000 bales of cotton and for the requirements of the textile and readymade garment (RMG) industry. The country still has to import over 5.0 million bales of cotton every year. […]

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India’s cotton area to increase by 7%: ICAC

The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) has predicted that India’s cotton area will increase by 7 per cent to 11.3 million hectares in 2017-18 as farmers are encouraged by better returns due to high cotton prices and improved yields in 2016-17. High cotton prices have prevailed in 2016-17, which are expected to encourage farmers to expand the area under cotton by 5 per cent to 30.8 million hectares in 2017-18 globally. Assuming yield is similar […]

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India’s Cochin Port Trust proposes facilities to handle cotton trade

Cochin Port Trust, a Government of India establishment which governs Cochin Port – a major port on the Laccadive Sea – Indian Ocean sea-route and is one of the largest ports in India, is planning to develop Kochi, India as cotton trade hub. This has been revealed by the port Chairman P Raveendran, who took over the charge recently. The port officials have reportedly approached Southern India Mills Association (SIMA) to discuss the dedicated facilities […]

April 25, 2017

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Cotton production in Pakistan goes up

Cotton production in Pakistan has noted a slight increase of 9.81 per cent to 10.72 million bales, stated the Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA). Ginners in the country have received a total of 10.72 million bales by April 15 against 9.76 million bales during the corresponding period last year. Of such stocks, 10.25 million bales were sold to local mills against 9.05 million bales last year. However, 202,356 bales were exported, down 44 per cent […]

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VF Corporation to use 100% sustainably grown cotton in future

VF Corporation – a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories – who joined Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) as a fast-track member in 2012, has decided to use 100 per cent sustainably grown cotton in its brands — a goal VF brands have embraced and started working to achieve. Cotton is an integral material comprising much of the apparel consumers wear today. Since joining BCI, VF has invested to increase the supply of […]

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US cotton exports forecast to grow 53% in 2016-17

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has predicted that country may note growth in its cotton exports in 2016-17. With an increase of 53 per cent, US cotton export predicted to reach 14.0 million bales in the said period. In addition to this, US’ share of world trade is also expected to note 13 per cent growth from current 26 per cent to 39 per cent. It would be highest growth rate in 6 years, the […]

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Bangladesh may explore African nations for raw cotton

In view of expanding garment industry in Bangladesh, the largest cotton importing country in the world, should look towards African nations as sources of raw cotton. Currently, Bangladesh imports majority of its cotton requirements (more than half) from India. Sourcing raw cotton from African countries could be a highly suitable and cost-effective alternative, this was stated by Bangladeshi Finance Minister AMA Muhith during African-Asian Cotton B2B Meeting held in Dhaka on Sunday. Bangladesh spends around […]

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IFC announces US $ 16.5 million investment for Cameron cotton industry

An agreement has signed between International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, and Standard Chartered Bank Cameroon to offer financial assistance of US $ 16.5 million to support cotton production in the Central African country of Cameroon. “This credit is an example of the excellent collaboration between our bank and IFC to support Sodecoton, which has been operating for more than 40 years and is highly strategic for the government “We […]

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World cotton production likely to go up in 2017-18

World cotton production is expected to note 1 per cent increase in 2017-18. This has been stated by International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC). The world cotton production is forecast to reach 23.1 million tonnes in 2017-18 as high prices in 2016-17 encourage farmers to plant cotton. However, the average yield is expected to decline by 2 per cent to 761 kg/ha, similar to the 4-year average while India’s production is projected to grow by 2 […]

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Bureau Veritas partners with Cotton Egypt Association

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services (BVCPS), a global leader in testing, inspection and certification services, has collaborated Cotton Egypt Association (CEA) to provide it with testing and auditing services. Under the exclusive agreement, Bureau Veritas will provide CEA the conformity assessment services to verify that the materials are traceable to confirmed lots of true Egyptian cotton at any stage of production. Bureau Veritas will carry out audits of the production capability and performance of a factory against company’s […]

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