The Indian Texpreneurs Federation (ITF) has decided to concentrate on contamination-controlled cotton from the source, said D. Prabhu Damodaran, convenor, here on Friday.

Awareness drive

To achieve this goal, the ITF will create awareness by way of short films, posters and education tours for the ginners and cotton producers to reduce contamination at source.

For this purpose, select ginning members of ITF will closely work with the producers and introduce them to best practices in all possible areas.

As part of this process, ITF cotton team will be handing over 10,000 caps and wearable cotton bags to the workers of the ginning factories to make them responsible partners.

Technical team

It also plans to send a technical team to the source aimed at better training, adopting standard systems of purchase and delivery, he added. ITF, a consortium of cotton mills and ginners had procured nearly 1.85 lakh bales during its first year of operation directly from the cotton growers, eliminating the middlemen to a certain extent.

It has so far procured 3.8 lakh bales during the current cotton year (2018-19) and it hopes to procure further 20 lakh bales.

Timely and good rainfall has raised the hopes of ginners that during next cotton year (2019-20), it could procure 4.5 lakh to 5 lakh bales. Maharashtra was the highest supplier of cotton with 45 % of the total supply to ITF and Telangana with 32 % and Karnataka with 20 %.

This could be possible due to the building of trust by the ITF between the cotton mills and ginners, as they are partnering with the mills to get clear-cut information on market intelligence, Mr. Damodaran said.

As part of the drive, 64 top ginners visited cotton mills to gain first-hand experience of cotton production.

They also held interaction meeting with MD s of 32 cotton mills in the State.

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