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More farmers joining BCI programme
Nov '15
The Better Cotton Initiative's (BCI) 2014 Harvest Report shows that 1.2 million farmers participated in BCI's programme - up 79 per cent from 2013.

BCI farmers produced 2 million metric tonnes of Better Cotton lint - a 118 per cent increase on the previous year.

According to the report, Better Cotton made up 7.6 per cent of global cotton production.

Better Cotton was grown in 20 countries worldwide, five more than in 2013.

As an example of country results, Better Cotton farmers in Pakistan used 15 per cent less pesticide, 19 per cent less synthetic fertiliser, 18 per cent less water and increased their profits by 46 per cent compared to other farmers.

BCI said this the year's results confirmed the underlying premise of its model: higher yields, reduced inputs of synthetic pesticides and fertilisers, resulting in much higher income for farmers affiliated with it. “As the 2015 season continues, we're making strong progress towards establishing Better Cotton as a more sustainable mainstream commodity,” it said. (SH)

Click here to read the full report.

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