Australian cotton delegation to explore cooperation between Australia & India in textile and cotton
An eight member Australian cotton delegation is visiting India between 27th February to 3rd March 2017. The delegation representing the Australian Cotton Shippers Association (ACSA) is meeting with textile manufacturers and spinning mills in Ludhiana, Mumbai and Coimbatore.
The delegation is visiting to bolster opportunities for exporting high quality Australian cotton to India. India has consistently purchased Australian cotton year-on-year, but last year’s monsoonal conditions and the resulting smaller Indian crop resulted in increased demand for Australian cotton by Indian mills to maintain production.
Australia produced 626.2 KT of cotton lint valued at A$1,412.7 million in 2016. In 2016, The International Cotton Advisory Committee ranked Australia as the fifth largest exporter behind USA, India, Brazil and Uzbekistan. China, India, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Indonesia are major buyers of Australian cotton with Australian cotton exports to India this past year valued at A$ 335.6 million.
Australian cotton has been well received by Indian mills and appreciated for its superior quality characteristics, consistent quality and zero contamination.
The Australian cotton industry invests enormous resources into breeding better varieties and agronomic practices to produce cotton fibre that has excellent quality characteristics and is grown in a sustainable manner. Added to this, researchers have developed procedures and tools to assess spinning ability and fibre attributes with a focus on improved spinning and dyeing ability.
Speaking about the delegation, Mr Gregory Harvey, Trade Commissioner, Australian Trade & Investment Commission said, “Australia is a leading supplier of high quality fibre to global markets. Australia has an enviable reputation as a reliable supplier of very high quality cotton. Australian cotton exporters have been long term and reliable suppliers to India’s textile industry. We are looking to growing this relationship as India’s cotton textile manufacturing continues to grow”.
Australian Cotton Shippers Association Chairman Mr Matthew Bradd stated that Australian merchants are very excited to be visiting India and sharing the Australian cotton story. “Australia is a leading supplier of high quality fibre to the world market. Added to this we have a whole-of-industry commitment to continue to improve on every area of production with best management practices applied to the entire supply chain from cotton growing to ginning and classing right through to export.”