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Ordnance factories complain of linter shortage
Dec '10
The Ordnance units have made a complaint regarding scarcity of cotton linters, which has created great uncertainty about the export of raw cotton linters. But then, overruling the claims of these factories, the cotton processors have confirmed that the demand and supply statistics reveal no such shortage.

The cottonseed processors produce raw cotton linters which are bleached later on. Ordnance factories use this bleached cotton linters for producing propellant which is used in ammunition. As per the estimates, at the most 1,500 tons of such linters are required for defence purposes, every year.

The production of these raw cotton linters is much higher than actual consumption. The production of these raw cotton linters has almost grown twice from 21,300 tons in 2008-09 to approximately 44,800 tons in 2009-10. 50 percent of the overall production is exported and the remaining 50 percent is sufficient to meet the domestic requirements and is far more than the requirements of the Ordnance units.

A processor said it is being suspected that the traders supplying these bleached cotton linters to the Ordnance factories might be trying to control the export of linters by creating fears of a fake shortage.

The All-India Cottonseed Crushers Association, that collects production, price and export data for wide-scale distribution, has put forward the matter to the Textile Commissioner. There has been a record production of cotton in the country this year, which has facilitated profuse availability of linters.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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