Cotton: GK, Current Affairs, Questions, Trivia and News

WTO is hosting first-ever World Cotton Day (WCD) in Geneva

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is hosting the first-ever World Cotton Day (WCD) in Geneva on 7th October 2019. Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani is representing India in the 5-day event of WCD. The WCD will celebrate the many advantages of cotton, from its qualities as a natural fibre, to the benefits people obtain from ..

GM Cotton and Surrounding Controversy

In an event organized by Shetkari Sanghtana, a farmers union a group of more than 1,000 farmers gathered in a village in Akola of Maharashtra to sow seeds of an unapproved, genetically modified variety of cotton, defying government regulations. Current Provisions In India, the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) under the Environment Ministry is responsible ..

Colombo hosts venue of 4th edition of Intex South Asia 2018

On November 14, the fourth edition of Intex South Asia was inaugurated in Colombo by Mr. Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian high commissioner to Sri Lanka. It is the largest international textile sourcing show in South Asia. The event has been organized by Worldex India Exhibition and Promotion Pvt. Ltd in partnership with Cotton Textiles Export ..

India ranked as world’s fifth largest cultivated area under genetically modified (GM) crops

According to the Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/ GM Crops in 2017 by International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), India has the world’s fifth largest cultivated area under genetically modified (GM) crops. However, this entire area is under single crop – cotton. Currently, the country with highest area under transgenic crops, at ..

Pink Bollworm Infestation and Bt Cotton

India is the only Bt cotton-growing country facing the problem of pink bollworm infestation. Even though Bollgard 2, or BG-2, Monsanto’s second generation insecticidal technology for cotton, was supposed to protect crops against the pink bollworm, the pest has grown resistant to the toxins produced by this trait. As a result, farmers now spend more ..

Parliamentary Panel suggests to ban GM food crops

A Parliamentary Panel asked the government to put a halt on all field trials and demanded bar on Genetically Modified (GM) food crops. The committee sought probe into how permission was given to commercialize Bt. Brinjal seed when all evaluation tests were not carried out. The Panel criticized the government for not discussing the matter ..

India, Kazakhstan ink agreement to encourage textiles

India and Kazakhstan signed a pact to promote growth of textiles, particularly garment manufacturing, to strengthen their domestic industries. MoU inked b/w the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) and State Authority Directorate of SEZ ‘Ontustyk’ . Both the countries decided to collaborate in segments like wool and cotton along with exchanging information.

Govt allows fresh cotton exports

The Group of Ministers (GoM), meeting chaired by the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, which reviewed the cotton exports situation has settled to allow fresh exports of cotton. It has also declared that a ban on suspension of fresh registrations be lifted. The GoM looked at the estimates of the cotton advisory board and the 3rd ..