ICAR-CIRCOT organized a brainstorming session on “Challenges facing Cotton sector and Role of ICAR-CIRCOT” at Mumbai on 8th February 2017. The session was organized as part of the 23rd Research Advisory Committee meeting of the institute to figure out the challenges ahead in cotton sector for the next three years and also to finalize the strategy to overcome the challenges. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Nawab Ali, Former DDG (Agri. Engineering) & Chairman, RAC, and co-chaired by Dr. G.S. Nadiger, Former Director (Textile Committee) and Dr. S.N.Jha ADG (PE). Dr. P.G. Patil, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT welcomed the dignitaries and initiated the discussion with a thematic presentation. Representatives of cotton farmers, traders, industries, members of RAC and scientists attended the meeting.
Different issues related to cotton picking, trading, ginning, yarn, fabric and garment production technologies, sustainable chemical processing and cotton biomass utilization were deliberated. The action points emerged from the brainstorming were adoption of lint quality based marketing, efforts to get higher ginning output (GOT) using better technology, promoting Indian cotton varieties with improved quality attributes, improved yarn realization, blending cotton with other fibres for functional products, promotion of cotton for technical textiles, reducing water requirement for chemical processing of textiles, garments with innovative design & finish and promoting cotton by-products for energy and non-ruminant feed etc. Dr. C. Sundaramoorthy proposed vote of thanks. The meeting was coordinated by Er. V. G. Arude, Member secretary of RAC and Dr. A.S.M. Raja, Sr. Scientist.