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CAI to set up farmers' training institute in Mumbai

IANS  |  Mumbai 

The Association of (CAI) plans to set up a full-fledged training institute for farmers in Mumbai, at a time when the country's sector is experiencing a difficult phase, an said here on Thursday.

Ganatra said that its board has cleared the proposal to establish an All Training Centre for Farmers at its Green premises in south

"We are conscious of the challenges ahead in realising this dream. But, with the support of all the stakeholders, we can achieve it. It would go a long way in realising Narendra Modi's dream of doubling farmers' incomes by 2022," Ganatra said at the inaugural session of "2018" national conference earlier.

At present, is grown in 10 states in the country over 122 lakh hectares, under varying agro-climatic conditions, with relatively small land holdings. Nearly 60 per cent of the total area under is rain-fed making is susceptible to the vagaries of nature.

"Despite all odds, the sector has notched an envious growth and carved a niche for itself in the world market. Today, is the world leader with a crop of 360 lakh bales of 170 kg each, from nearly one-third of the global acreage," Ganatra said.

Besides, is the second-largest consumer of cotton, ranking next only to China, with the annual domestic consumption likely to touch 330 lakh bales during the current year.

This is further bolstered by several new textile mills coming up in and other states adding around 3.50 million new spindles this year, he added.

is not only the second-largest exporter of in the world after the USA but also has a vibrant import market.

He said that there exists a huge untapped potential in this sector and if exploited to its optimum, Indian can become a "superpower" in the world.

"We have taken giant strides in terms of productivity, but its still below the global average. Against the world average productivity mark of 779 kg per hectare, still manages around 500 kgs per hectare," Ganatra pointed out.

If the country can achieve the world per hectare average productivity mark, the Indian output would witness a quantum jump, he opined.

Referring to other issues bogging down the sector, he said excess moisture due to pouring water on the bales, poor quality of package of the bales, lack of uniformity in bale weight and different trading norms across the country, absence of contract sanctity and lack of training facilities need urgent attention.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 18:12 IST
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