The implementation of cotton bale quality control ordinance under ‘BIS Law 2016’ is indispensable for the standardization of cotton bales in terms of quality technical parameters and identification of the traceability of cotton bales which would benefit all stakeholders, said Trade, Industry and Textiles Minister Piyush Goyal.
It is high time to brand Indian cotton and build loyalty and attract consumers to “Kasturi” branded products (an initiative of the Ministry of Textiles to promote high quality cotton), Goyal said at the third meeting interactive with the Textile Advisory Group in New Delhi on Monday to review initiatives for the cotton value chain.
The minister called on the industry to be at the forefront and work on the principle of self-regulation by holding responsibility for the branding and certification of Indian cotton “Kasturi”.
Emphasizing the need to implement the cotton bale quality control ordinance, Goyal stressed that the quality of Indian cotton lint is of paramount importance.
To increase cotton productivity, Goyal said the supply of good quality cottonseed is the need of the hour and requires concrete action from relevant ministries on a “war footing”.
“He also stressed the need to introduce advanced technologies related to high-yielding cotton seeds and innovative agronomy such as high-density planting system to improve cotton productivity,” according to an official statement.
To promote the mechanization of picking through the use of portable kapas pickers developed by SIMA-CDRA, Goyal asked the textile industry to also participate in the popularization of mechanization. “The Confederation of Indian Textile Industry (CITI) will undertake this project in mission mode with distribution support from Cotton Corporation of India Ltd. Industry associations and industry leaders have agreed to fund 75,000 pickers portable kapas,” the statement said.