Related Topics: Agriculture, Cotton Technical Assistance Programme
The Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, is participating in the World Cotton Day being observed from 7th October to 11th October 2019 in Geneva.
World Cotton Day
- It is organized by World Trade Organisation (WTO) in collaboration with the Secretariats of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC).
- WTO is hosting the event at the request of the Cotton – 4 countries, Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali.
- The day will celebrate the many advantages of cotton, from its qualities as a natural fibre, to the benefits people obtain from its production, transformation, trade and consumption.
- It will also serve to shed light on the challenges faced by cotton economies around the world because cotton is important to least developed, developing and developed economies worldwide.
- To give exposure and recognition to cotton and all its stakeholders in production, transformation and trade.
- To engage donors and beneficiaries and strengthen development assistance for cotton
- Seek new collaborations with the private sector and investors for the cotton related industries and production in developing countries
- Promote technological advances, as well as further research and development on cotton.
- Cotton is a global commodity that is produced all over the world and a single tonne of cotton provides year-round employment for five people on average.
- It is a drought – resistant crop ideal for arid climates.
- It occupies just 2.1 % of the world’s arable land, yet it meets 27% of the world’s textiles need.
- In addition to use in textiles and apparel, food products are also derived from cotton like edible oil and animal feed from the seed.
Cotton Technical Assistance Programme (Cotton TAP-I)
- Between 2011 and 2018, India implemented Cotton Technical Assistance Programme (Cotton TAP-I) of about USD 2.85 million for seven African countries namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, Uganda, Malawi and Nigeria.
- The technical assistance focused on improving the competitiveness of the cotton and cotton-based textiles and apparel industry in these countries through a series of interventions which had significant outcomes leading to a demand for a follow on project.