Government set up Cotton Council of India for holistic development of the Cotton sector

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The Union Government has announced the formation of the Cotton Council of India under the Chairmanship of Suresh Bhai Kotak. This was announced by the Union Textile Minister Piyush Goel after a meeting with the  stakeholders of the cotton industry from farmers to industries. 

  • The Cotton Council will have representation from Textiles, Agriculture, Commerce, and Finance Ministries along with Cotton Corporation of India and Cotton Research Institute. 

  • The council will discuss, deliberate, and prepare a robust action plan for bringing out a tangible improvement in this field.

  • Cotton In India

  • India has the distinction of having the largest area under cotton cultivation which is about 37% of the world area under cotton cultivation between 12.0 million hectares to 13.5 million hectares.

  • India is the largest producer of cotton in the world accounting for about 24% of the world cotton production. 

  • The yield per kgs hectare which is presently 469 kgs/ha is still lower against the world average yield of about 808 Kgs kgs /ha.

  • The biggest task of the Cotton Council of India will be to increase productivity of cotton in India so that it can meet the needs of the textile industries  and increase the income of the farmers. 

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