PIB | 15 Jul, 2022
Minister of Textiles Piyush Goyal held second
interactive meeting with the Textile Advisory Group (TAG), in Mumbai, on
14.07.2022 to review progress of work.
Goyal emphasized that supply of good quality cotton seeds is the vital
necessity for improving productivity of cotton. He also emphasized the
need to introduce advanced technologies related to high yielding cotton
seeds and innovative agronomy such as High Density Planting System to
enhance productivity of cotton.
He directed the Cotton Corporation of
India to lend Agricultural Extension Services in co-operation with
Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) to our farmers through
its network of branches all over India.
Goyal wishes industry to focus on quality consciousness across the
value chain and assured that initiatives for supporting modern
facilities would be facilitated. Textile Value Chain needs to strengthen
traceability technologies and testing facilities in the country.
deliberating on the approaches for use of coloured fertilizers bag to
avoid contamination in cotton, Shri Goyal directed TAG to address the
long pending issue on priority with a solution which does not lend
itself to any cost escalation.
the need of specific delivery based contract and open position limits
on MCX, Goyal directed the Ministry, Textile Commissioner, CCI and
TAG to engage with MCX/SEBI and find structured solutions on ‘contract’
front. Any possibilities of manipulations on price front to the
disadvantage of cotton textile value chain have to be contained.
Goyal, on the suggestions of the industry, directed the Textile
Commissioner that the penal provisions under the relevant Sections of
Collection of Statistics Act be invoked for compliance to address the
need of accuracy of statistics across the value chain.
The action may
begin with the Ginning segment immediately. He directed the Textile
Commissioner to utilize services of CCI personnel for data collection
from Ginning segment under Collection of Statistics Act.
suggestions to evolve yarn national index, Goyal directed to
examine its objectivity, feasibility and reliability for industry.
mechanized cotton picking, he stressed that a dedicated effort be done
by Central Institute for Research in Cotton Technology (CIRCOT) and the
Southern India Mills’ Association - Cotton Development & Research
Association (SIMA-CDRA) to make an indigenous, cost effective and
efficient device validated by our user farmers.
Minister of State for Textiles Darshana V. Jardosh, Upendra Prasad Singh, Secretary Textiles, Senior Officials from the
Union Ministries of Textiles, Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare,
Commerce, Officials from Research and Development sector, Senior
Officials from the Office of the Textile Commissioner & the Cotton
Corporation of India Ltd., and stakeholders were present.
The whole of
textile value chain was represented in the consultations through lead
associations and experts in the meeting.
actions initiated subsequent to the points that emerged from the last
interactive meeting held on 29.05.2022 at Mumbai were deliberated
followed by presentation by Shri Suresh Kotak, Chairman of the TAG &
renowned veteran cotton person.
Suresh Kotak elaborated
initiatives in the direction to augment supply, crop protection and
cotton productivity, which are essential for strengthening cotton
textile value chain from farm to fashion to foreign.
The meeting was co-ordinated jointly by the Textile Commissioner and Cotton Corporation of India Ltd.