After its operations in Madhya Pradesh since June 2018, the Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) recently launched an initiative for cotton partnership in the state. The programme began from the Ratlam district followed by another opening event hosted at the state’s Jhabua district, earlier this month, to educate cotton farmers on the package of practices while preparing Extra Long Staple cotton.
State Government officials from the Agriculture Department of various districts of the state along with Senior Scientists from Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s from these districts, and representatives of cotton traders, ginning and pressing mills, attended the event hosted by CITI.
Notably, the farmers were informed about the success this initiative has been able to achieve in Rajasthan and Maharashtra after which the mission and objective of the initiative were also shared with them.
Sanjay Jain, Chairman, CITI cited that the organisation undertakes cotton development and extension activities via its extension arm, the CITI Cotton Development & Research Association (CITI CDRA).
“Since its origin over four decades back, it has been involved in varied initiatives in different parts of the country for betterment in yielding and manufacturing of cotton, creating awareness among the cotton growers from the project areas about the latest production, educating them about nutrient management technologies and providing the farmers with technological knowledge for sustaining cotton production and enhancing their economic condition,” he added.
Markedly, the initiatives have managed to significantly increase the cotton production in lower Rajasthan (project area) from 1.91 lakh bales (term used to measure cotton) in 2007-08 to about 13 lakh bales in 2017-18, marking an enormous rise of 581%. IN throughout Rajasthan, it soared up to 22 lakh bales from 9 lakh bales during the same time period, recording a rise of 144%.
These staggering numbers helped Rajasthan’s local textile mills to bring down the dependence on other states for cotton demand to 20 per cent which was initially 80 per cent.