Shri Piyush Goyal holds the sixth interactive meeting with the Textile Advisory Group in Rajkot

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Union Textiles Minister Shri Piyush Goyal holds the sixth interactive meeting with the Textile Advisory Group in Rajkot to review initiatives for the cotton value chain

Project on Traceability, Certification, and Branding of “Kasturi Cotton India” commenced

Final approval for Holistic Plan to enhance cotton productivity with Centre’s funding of Rs. 41.87 crores under NFSM granted

Organic cotton production to be boosted by collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare

By PIB Delhi

Hon’ble Union Minister of Textiles, Commerce & Industry and Consumer Affairs and Food & Public Distribution, Shri Piyush Goyal presided over the sixth interactive meeting with the Textile Advisory Group (TAG), on 22nd April 2023, to review the progress of initiatives for the cotton value chain, as part of the Saurashtra Tamil Sangamam which is being conducted under the ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ Initiative in Gujarat in Rajkot.

Shri Piyush Goyal noted the progress in the project on Traceability, Certification, and Branding of Kasturi Cotton India and lauded that branding of Indian Cotton will add great value to the entire cotton value chain from farmers to end users.

He pointed out that the quality of Indian cotton is beneficial for farmers and industry both. Meetings of the Steering Committee and Apex Committee have taken place and the funds for the project have been released and the work on Traceability, Certification, and Branding of Kasturi India Cotton has begun.

He appealed to TEXPROCIL to make aggressive efforts to brand Kasturi cotton as premium cotton in domestic and international markets.

Final approval for the Holistic plan to enhance cotton productivity by targeting the technology of HDPS, Closer Spacing, and ELS with an amount of Rs. 4186.85 lakhs was obtained from MoA&FW under NFSM. Cluster-wise identification of villages/farmers has been finalized in Rajasthan and the same is in progress in all the remaining cotton-growing states where sowing will be taken up for the ensuing cotton season 2023-24.

Shri Goyal emphasized the need for strengthening certification systems for organic cotton and requested the industry to active participation in the promotion of organic cotton production amongst cotton farmers. Hon’ble Minister advised forming a working group of experts, representatives from industry, respective Ministries & other stakeholders to have a detailed plan of action to boost organic cotton production on a cluster-based approach. 

Smt. Darshana V. Jardosh, Hon’ble Minister of State for Textiles and Railways, and TAG Chairman Shri Suresh Kotak also guided the TAG meeting.

Smt Rachna Shah, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, appealed to all cotton value chain stakeholders to work together in a cohesive manner to achieve the Hon’ble PM’s dream of five F’s from Farm to Foreign in the Cotton Textile Value Chain and regain Supremacy in Cotton to enhance value returns to producers.

Representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, CCI, APEDA, BIS, other senior officials from related Ministries, and stakeholders from the entire cotton value chain were also present during the meeting.

Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Commerce and Industry and Textiles
Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Commerce and Industry and Textiles

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