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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?
Better Cotton is produced in 10 states in India and year-on-year figures for BCI Farmers, Better Cotton lint produced, and hectares under cultivation have increased dramatically.

 In 2014, the fifth harvest of Better Cotton in India was carried out by 270,000 BCI Farmers, producing 283,000MT of Better Cotton lint on 456,000 hectares.

Who are BCI’s Implementing Partners in India?
A total of 18 Implementing Partners implemented Better Cotton projects during the 2014 harvest season, multiplying their efforts to reach out to the larger demand for Better Cotton. The BCI Implementing Partners in India are: ACF (Ambuja Cement Foundation)AFPRO (Action for Food Production)ArvindCotton ConnectMYKAPSSolidaridadWWF-IndiaAbishek Industries/ Trident GroupAction for Social Advancement (ASA)Dilasa Janvikas FoundationMahima Fibres, PRDISPratibha SyntexSpectrum InternationalWe Care SocietyDeshpande FoundationAnandi Ecofarms and CAIM.

When is cotton grown in India?
In India, cotton is sown from March to September and harvested from October to February, depending on the local conditions.

For the most up to date information and more data from the Better Cotton harvest in India, please refer to our most recent Harvest Report.