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International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)

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

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 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.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 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.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 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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