India promotes better cotton growing practices
The Government of India is promoting good cotton growing approaches to its farmers. India through its National Food Security Mission (NSFM) is promoting the use of technology to its farmers to enhance the yield and quality in cotton growing states. Measures such as financial and technical assistance are provided for demonstration of high density planting, cultivation of extra long staple and desi cotton, Insecticides resistance management and online pest monitoring. The Government implements this program through central research institutes and state agricultural universities.
In the largest cotton growing state Gujarat, efforts are underway to improve the quality of seeds and enhance cotton production with the involvement of leading universities in the state such as Navasari and Junagarh Agricultural Universities.
In 2014-15, the Government has allotted US$1.89 million for the programme according to the Minister of State for Agriculture, India.
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Seshadri Ramkumar, PhD, FTA (Honorary)Professor, Nonwovens & Advanced Materials LaboratoryTexas Tech UniversityLubbock,