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Organic cotton textiles have immense future

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Jun '07
Consumers the world over are increasingly becoming environment and health conscious. Developing concern for protecting ecology and preventing global warming, especially in the western countries, is boosting the demand for organic and eco-friendly products across all categories. Textile is no exception to this global trend.

Demand for organic cotton is accelerating with brands and retailers continuing to implement long term commitments to increase the use of organic cotton. Estimated global retail sales are projected to grow to $2.6 billion by the end of 2008, reflecting a 116% average annual growth rate.

With this the demand for organic cotton fiber is expected to grow to 100,000 metric tons in 2008 from 40,000 metric tons in 2006, an average annual growth rate of 75%.

"India is today the largest producer of organic cotton in the world with a production of 15,000 tons but still has a huge opportunity to grow. There is no conflict of interest between the conventional cotton and organic cotton and both need to co-exist in a consumer oriented society," said Mr. J.N.Singh, Textile Commissioner, Government of India, while inaugurating the full day conference titled "Understanding evolving eco issues in textiles" in Mumbai on 23rd June organized by Alok Industries Ltd alongwith TexanLab.

Mr. Dilip Jiwrajka, Managing Director, Alok Industries Limited, made a strong case for India to encourage the contract farming for organic cotton, which would simultaneously lead to the welfare of thousands of cotton growing farmers, superior products for the consumers and a high image for Indian cotton textiles in the global markets.


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