Textile Industry Current Affairs - 2019

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October 7: World Cotton Day; Textile Minister attends the program

The World Cotton Day (WCD) is being organized by the WTO in collaboration with UN, FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), UNCTD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), International Trade Center and International Cotton Advisory Committee.

The World Cotton Day is being observed for the first time. The resilience of farmers will be recognized and celebrated on the day.


The Objective of World Cotton Day is

  • to provide exposure to cotton and its stakeholders
  • To seek new collaboration for developing countries with private sectors and investors
  • To engage beneficiaries and strengthen development od assistance for cotton.

Global Celebration

The WCD will be celebrated in different countries with events that will provide exposure to farmers, researchers and business participants.

Several conferences, seminars and discussions will be conducted to mark the event.


Cotton is produced in 75 countries. It accounts to 18 billion USD of annual trade. Around 26 million farmers are involved in cotton farming. China is the largest producer of cotton followed by India, USA, Brazil, Pakistan, Turkey.

Usage of water

Cotton is a draught resistant crop. The deep root system of cotton is ideal for arid climate.

Usage of land

Cotton occupies 2.1% of world’s arable land and yet accounts to 27% of world textile needs.

Cotton Technical Assistance Program

Between 2011 and 2018, India conducted CTAP in 7 African countries namely Benin, Faso, Burkina, Mali, Chad, Uganda and Malawi. It focusses on increasing the competitiveness of cotton and cotton-based industries. This was a huge success.

Textile Minister attended the WCD program in Geneva. She announced that India is set to launch second phase of CTAP for Africa. It will be introduced in 5 additional countries Mali, Togo, Ghana, Zambia and Tanzania. India already had the program implemented in 6 African countries Benin, Chad, Burkin Faso, Malawi, Nigeria.

Surging Silk – Accomplishment and Way Forward

The Ministry of Textiles in association with Central Silk Board had organized an event, Surging Silk – Accomplishment and way forward on 9th February 2019 at in New Delhi.

The event was presided over by Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani and Union Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj was the chief guest for the event.

Surging Silk – Accomplishment and Way Forward

The Surging Silk – Accomplishment and Way Forward event was conducted to:

  • Highlight the growth of the silk industry in India over the past 4 years.
  • Distribution of Buniyaad Tasar Silk Reeling Machines to women reelers from tribal areas, as part of total eradication of the age-old practice of thigh reeling.
  • Honouring the best achievers of the silk industry across various segments of sericulture.
  • Awarding the best performing states.
  • The release of melange fabric produced from silk waste.
  • The launch of mobile application e-cocoon for quality certification in the silkworm seed sector.
  • Releasing of a compendium on Indian silk industry which  will be a comprehensive compilation on the status and growth of sericulture and silk industry of each state, plans and programmes launched by the government being implemented across the country and ethnic silk products supported with a directory of important contacts points, to have first-hand information of the industry.
  • State sericulture profile.

The Textile Ministry had made elaborate arrangements for participation from different spectrum of the Textile industry in large numbers.