By admin       2018-04-30

Ahmedabad: When it comes to a cooperative business model, Amul is one of the most well-known examples in India. Experts of textile industry in Gujarat are now looking at replicating the model for cotton production and farming. Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), along with the 100-year-old Maskati Cloth Market Association (MCMA), are in the process of preparing a detailed report on implementation of cooperative model among cotton farmers of Gujarat. The report will be submitted to the Union government shortly. The proposal was presented on Friday, as GCCI announced the ‘Farm to Fashion – Indian Textile Global Summit at Ahmedabad, which will be held in the first week of May. Estimates by GCCI indicate that despite being the second largest cotton producing country in the world, the yield of cotton per hectare in India is less than half of what it is in China, Australia and US. “The new model will help farmers in reducing their production costs while increasing their income as well as yield. Collective efforts will give them access to a bigger land and reduce their costs of adopting new technology and scientific assistance. It will overally benefit the value chain of the textile sector,” said Shailesh Patwari, president, GCCI. The summit will also educate cotton farmers of Gujarat about the cooperative model and encourage them to join the initiative. “Our key challenge is to make farmers understand this model and how it will benefit them. Farmers are the key part of the textile industry’s value-chain and it is important to strengthen them,” said Gaurang Bhagat, president, MCMA. GCCI and MCMA also said they are preparing a white paper to provide a roadmap of future of Indian textile scenario which will help formulate a new textile policy. “We are pushing for one nation, one policy for the textile industry, which is the need of the hour for stable investments, just like one nation one tax mantra of GST,” added Patwari.

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