India has been producing cotton for textiles for thousands of years and the textile industry and agriculture are the key industries to have generated huge employment for both skilled and unskilled labour, helping to strengthen the country’s economy. The cotton sector is considered to be the second most developed sector in the textile industry (after man-made fibres), and India is now the second largest producer of cotton in the world (after China), producing around 18% of the world’s cotton. It also has the largest area under cotton cultivation in the world, representing about 25% of the world area under cotton cultivation. For Better Cotton to become a sustainable mainstream commodity, it is vital that BCI continue to work closely with the Indian Better Cotton supply chain as our membership base continues to grow, to give all members access to this significant market.
Who grows Better Cotton?
In the 2016-17 season, 303,886 licensed BCI Farmers in India produced 325,000 metric tonnes of Better Cotton lint on 501,000 hectares.
Who are BCI’s Implementing Partners in India?
BCI’s Implementing Partners in India are:ACF (Ambuja Cement Foundation); AFPRO (Action for Food Production); Anandi Ecofarms; Arvind; Basil Commodities; Bharat Cotton; CAIM; Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell; Cotton Connect; Deshpande Foundation; Farmer Association for Rural Management (FARM); K.K. Fibres; Lupin Human Welfare and Research Foundation; Mahila Arthik Vikas Mahamandal (MAVIM MH);Mahima Fibres;MYKAPS; Pratibha Syntex; PRDIS; SIPL; STAC India; Udyansh Gramin Samaj Sewa Samiti (UGSSS MP); Vardhman; Vrutti; WWF-India.
When is cotton grown in India?
In India, cotton is sown from May to July and harvested from October to January, depending on the local conditions.
Stories from the Field
Find out how a cotton farmer from India defied the odds to embrace natural farming methods. Read more here.
Learn about the benefits experienced by BCI Farmers in the video below.