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SIMA cotton research body to develop model farms
Oct '11
With a view to attain its target of producing 2.5 million bales of cotton, the Southern India Mills Association - Cotton Development and Research Association (SIMA CD&RA) is preparing to develop a Vision 2025 document for development of cotton in the State of Tamil Nadu.

Delivering the inaugural speech at the Association's 36th Annual General Meeting, V Selvapathy, Chairman of SIMA CD&RA, said the Association has urged the State government to allocate land in Pongalur State Seed Farm for undertaking research and seed production activities.

He added that the research body has asked the government to grant subsidy for production of high quality seeds through the Technology Mission for Cotton (TMC) or some other fund.

He said it is essential to ensure availability of sufficient funds for undertaking field demonstrations and also to ensure financial support for facilitating revival of Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton in the State. SIMA CD&RA was deprived of TMC or any similar grant or subsidy during last year.

Mr. Selvapathy said the Association has decided to establish model farms on the lands owned by its member mills so as to satisfy the requirements of these mills and also to present them with an idea regarding new cotton cultivation techniques.

Initially, cultivation of G 27 short staple karunganni cotton would be undertaken during the ongoing season on an area of three acres at Rajapalayam, the SIMA CD&RA Chairman said and added that the cotton variety would be best suited for use as surgical cotton.

He further said that if the State government provides farm lands for cotton cultivation, SIMA CD&RA would investigate the probabilities of growing colour cotton, ELS and organic cotton, in lines with the needs of the mills.

Mr. Selvapathy also informed that the Association is considering production of Bt cotton seed in view of the rapidly rising use of Bt cotton across the country.

To increase the revenue of the Association, SIMA CD&RA has proposed to lease out the Ponneri factory's ginning units for commercial ginning, he added.

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