Textile Exchange, previously known as Organic Exchange featured Zameen in their annual fibre report.

Some of the salient news in the report:

  • India’s organic cotton production has more than doubled in two seasons from 75,000 MT in ’07-08 to almost 200,000 MT of lint fibre in ’09-10.
  • India now produces 80% of the global total organic cotton fibre.
  • Almost 70% of this is grown in one state: Madhya Pradesh…
  • India’s conventional cotton is almost 90 % genetically modified. Hence the risk of contamination is huge.
  • The govt body overseeign certification (APEDA) has forced projects to use an online system called “Tracenet” and fixed a maximum group size of not more than 500 farmers per ICS (Internal Control System) group to increase traceability.

India will continue to be a key player in organic cotton production in the context of being a country with the largest acreage potential, and a significant number of dedicated organic farming communities. This combined with an enviable production capability for a wide spectrum of textiles contributes to making India a “one stop destination” for brands.

The report’s recommendations for the organic cotton community include:

  • • Continue strengthening integrity in production, processing and certification;
  • • Further develop tools to measure impact through environmental, social and economic indicators;
  • • Promote and communicate best practice in responsible value chains;
  • • Understand how other financial models such as Fairtrade and rural financing models in other commodity sectors such as coffee might work for organic supply chains.

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