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Gujarat produces one-third of country's cotton
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Aug '11
Gujarat produced 10.5 million bales of cotton in 2010-11, which is nearly one-third of the total cotton production of 33.425 million bales in the country, Sharad Pawar, Union Minister for Agriculture has stated in the Rajya Sabha.

During Question Hour, the Minister said that the Technology Mission on Cotton (TMC) is being implemented by the Government since 2000-01. He added that the TMC's objective is to increase production, productivity and quality of cotton, and is being carried out in 13 States including Gujarat.

He disclosed that an amount of Rs. 6.99 billion was sanctioned by the Government under TMC during the Eleventh Five-Year Plan, out of which Rs. 1.91 billion was for Gujarat alone.

He further explained that the Government, through the TMC, strives to develop superior quality cotton fibre that is resistant to both biotic and abiotic stresses.

The Minister mentioned that at two places in Gujarat, namely, Surat and Junagadh, the All India Coordinated Cotton Improvement Project is being implemented to boost cotton production.

The Project is being carried out by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), and institutional facilities for technology dissemination and new research are being provided by various research institutes of the ICAR, Krishi Vigyan Kendras and State agricultural universities.

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