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CITI-CDRA Project to improve cotton production in Rajasthan
Jul '08
The Confederation of Indian Textile Industry's Cotton Development and Research Association (CITI-CDRA) has lunched a Collaborative Project for improvement of production and productivity of cotton in Rajasthan during 2008-09.

In a statement here, Shri P.D. Patodia, Chairman, CITI stated that the Government of Rajasthan, CITI-CDRA and Bayer Crop Science, Mumbai will participate in the implementation of the project in the tribal district of Banswara in lower Rajasthan. Most of the tribal cotton farmers have small holdings and they continue to cultivate old and traditional varieties.

Low adoption of Bt. Cotton cultivation, coupled with inadequate plant population is resulting in lower productivity. Shri Patodia observed that the use of organic manures is adequate, but the farmers are not equipped adequately with the knowledge of fertilizer and pest management. These factors contribute to very low productivity of cotton in the district.

“CITI-CDRA in collaboration with the Bayer Crop Science, Mumbai submitted a Scheme to the State Government and after deliberations, the collaborative project has been finalized for improving the productivity of cotton in Banswara District.”, Shri Patodia said.

He explained that the Project will be implemented in 9 clusters from 5 Panchayat Samitis of the District and will cover nearly 25000 acres and 24500 farmers. The modalities for effective implementation of the project have been finalized in consultation with the State Government.

The CITI - CDRA and Bayer Crop Science will provide the infrastructure for implementing the project by strengthening the efforts of the State Government. The cost of the infrastructure is estimated at Rs.12.00 lakh.

Chairman, CITI confirmed that CITI-CDRA has finalized arrangements with Maharana Pratap Agricultural University, Udaipur for providing technical backup through its scientists for the implementation of the project. Assistance from scientists of Bayer Crop Science, Mumbai will also be available for the project.

Shri Patodia thanked the Chief Minister of Rajasthan and State Government for being extremely pro-active and supportive for successfully implementing the project.

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