Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / US envoy advises using bio-cotton to boost output
US envoy advises using bio-cotton to boost output
Feb '11
The start of the first Cotton Business Forum was marked with an appeal from the the United States Ambassador to Cameroon, who pleaded in support of biotechnology.

The participants at the first Cotton Business Forum which was held in Yaounde were made aware of the advantages of Biotechnology, like it being an economical and sustainable alternative to boost the competitiveness of Central Africa's cotton and textile sector.

Robert P Jackson, the US Ambassador, in a keynote address to the participants from various countries, stressed on the fact that, even today around 300,000 families in Cameroon depend on cotton for their livelihood, in spite of that the cotton output here has plummeted by more than 50 percent over the last five years.

When the industry engages so many people it should also result in better output, which is essential to satisfy the domestic demand, he said and advised that the industry should adapt to agricultural biotechnology to raise the cotton output and thereby cash in on the historic high cotton prices that the world markets are offering presently.

He further said that, biotechnology flaunts a 15-year set record of risk-free use and proven results. While citing the example of India he stated that, cotton farmers in India adapted to biotech cotton in 2002 which helped them to raise their production to double by 2008.

This not only ensured higher returns, but even helped the country to develop from a cotton importing country to a cotton exporting country with a vibrant textile sector.

Such a suggestion was reflective of the sincerity with which the participants opened the Forum aimed at upgrading the domestic production systems and networks of cotton and textile firms in the Central Africa, a sub-part of Africa where cotton production takes place in three countries.

More than 200,000 cotton growers in the northern part of Cameroon functioning under the gamut of the Cotton Development Company, SODECOTON, produce majority of the country's cotton. The region, last year produced 111,000 metric tons of cotton, and aims to produce 150,000 tons this year.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 17th Jan 2017

GST rollout from July 1; states to control small taxpayers

The Centre and states have reached a consensus on the issue of dual...

Textiles | On 17th Jan 2017

Reliance Industries net increases 3.6% in Q3FY17

In the three months ended December 31, 2016, India’s biggest private...

Textiles | On 17th Jan 2017

IMF projects advanced economies to grow at 1.9% in 2017

Advanced economies are projected to grow by 1.9 per cent in 2017 and...

Interviews View All

Asim Dalal
Indo Count Retail Ventures

Today, there is no other emerging market as India, "we make in India and...

Frank Gossmann
Rotorcraft AG

‘RT3 motto is: Do not check millimetres, check colours.’

Yashiki Gumber
Sahiba Fabrics

Fabric does not restrict us from fashion trends

Marcel Alberts

Coating at a fibre level is a practice not usually seen in the...

Giorgio Mantovani
Corman S.p.A

Giorgio Mantovani, MD of Corman, with a presence in both Milano and New...

Steve Cole
Xerium Technologies

Steve Cole of Xerium Technologies discusses the industry. Xerium is the...

Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao

Nayaab, an exhibition meant to celebrate Indian weaves, is in its second...

Sonam & Paras Modi

Sonam and Paras Modi's Sva Couture is synonymous with head-turning...

Robert Brunner

Golfwear and menswear brand Devereux is set for greener pastures. Robert...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


Letter To Editor

(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies

January 2017

January 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.


Browse Our Archives


Subscribe today and get the latest News update in your mail box.
Advanced Search