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'Use Indian calibrated cotton' – Ex-Director of CIRCOT urges spinners
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Jan '11
Dr S Sreenivasan, Former Director – CIRCOT
Dr S Sreenivasan, Former Director – CIRCOT
“We wanted participation from appropriate stake holders, which was achieved as per my assessment, as we generally conduct awareness programs for the stake holders in the cotton sector and not precisely for those for whom the technology has been developed. So it was satisfying to see entrepreneurs from the particle board sector, said the former director of CIRCOT, Dr S Sreenivasan, speaking about a conference on cotton technologies.

The Zonal Technology Management and Business Planning & Development unit at Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT), Mumbai in association with fiber2fashion organised a Business Development Programme for “Cotton Technologies” on January 7 at Ahmedabad.

This conference was co-hosted by fibre2fashion as a business initiative to promote cotton after having recently successfully conducted a meeting between delegates of the eight East-African cotton producing countries and various stake holders across the cotton textile value chain from Gujarat in November 2010, the hugely successful two-day “International Conference on Denims” in October 2010 and the International Conference on “Steering Mature Business: A Leadership Challenge to Textile Industry” in October 2009.

The exercise was mainly to exploit and commercialize the potential of new cotton technologies developed by CIRCOT and other allied institutions that can be converted in to successful business ventures. Among the presentations made by eminent scientists was the variable speed DR gin, a laboratory model gin and an auto grooving machine for gins.

Among others new developments were the ERP software for modern ginnery management, calibration cotton standard, which is an import substitute product, useful for calibration of HVI and traceable to USDA standards, a miniature spinning system and technologies developed in the area of utilizing cotton by-products for producing particle board, pulp, paper and eco-friendly packaging material from cotton stalks and many others.

Speaking exclusively to fibre2fashion, Dr S Sreenivasan said, “We wanted participation from appropriate stake holders, which was achieved as per my assessment, as we generally conduct awareness programs for the stake holders in the cotton sector and not precisely for those for whom the technology has been developed. So it was satisfying to see entrepreneurs from the particle board sector and the trip has proved to be worthwhile for all of us”.

When asked as to why Gujarat was preferred for this awareness program, he replied by saying, “Gujarat is a major cotton producing state and around 10 million bales of cotton are produced annually over here. The increase in productivity and water conservation technology has been highly appreciated by us and even the Asian and African cotton producing countries, combined with the entrepreneur and business development skills of the people over here, is what attracted us.”


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