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International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)

By Amigos IAS

Why is it in the news?

  • The annual Plenary Meeting of the ICAC serves as a significant forum for member countries to convene, discuss, and strategize on matters related to the cotton industry.
  • The 81st Meeting, hosted by India, revolves around the theme “Cotton Value Chain: Local Innovations for Global Prosperity,” emphasizing the need for localized solutions with global impact.


About ICAC

·       India holds a distinguished status as one of the founding members of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), reflecting its historical and ongoing commitment to international collaboration in the cotton sector.

·       The ICAC was established in 1939 and operates from its headquarters in Washington, United States. This organization has been instrumental in fostering cooperation among cotton-producing, consuming, and trading nations.

·       The ICAC is a unique association that brings together 28 member countries, fostering a global network of collaboration and information exchange within the cotton industry. Notably, India’s active participation as a member underscores its dedication to shaping international cotton policies.


  • India holds a prominent position as the second-largest cotton producer globally, contributing significantly to the international cotton market.
  • India takes pride in having the largest expanse of land dedicated to cotton cultivation, highlighting the country’s pivotal role in meeting global cotton demands.
  • The cotton textile industry in India is strongly anchored in states such as Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Telangana. These states collectively account for approximately 65% of the nation’s total cotton production, underscoring their crucial role in shaping India’s cotton landscape.

Kasturi Cotton Bharat

  • Kasturi Cotton Bharat stands as a flagship initiative launched by the Ministry of Textiles in India. This premium cotton brand aims to elevate the global competitiveness of Indian cotton by taking a proactive approach to branding, traceability, and certification.
  • Objectives of Kasturi Cotton Bharat:
  • Enhancing the competitiveness of Indian cotton on the global stage.
  • Ensuring benefits for all stakeholders involved in the cotton value chain.
  • Prioritizing sustainability in cotton production practices.
  • Leveraging blockchain technology for traceability, ensuring transparency in the supply chain.
  • Aspiring to be carbon positive, aligning with environmentally conscious practices.

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