Tamilnadu textiles and clothing industry predominantly cotton based,  accounts 1/3rd of the textile business size, 45% of the spinning capacity, 70%  of the knitted garment capacity, 40% of the home textiles manufacturing  capacity, 22% of the powerloom capacity, 12% of handloom capacity and the  only State having presence of whole textile value chain. More than 80% of  the MSME units especially the spinning mills are located in the State of  Tamilnadu. The actual annual cotton requirement of the textile industry in  Tamilnadu is around 120 lakh bales (170 kgs per bale) while the State hardly  produces 4 to 6 lakh bales. Realizing the importance for increasing the cotton  production to enhance the competitiveness of the industry and also augment  the revenue of the cotton farmers, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamilnadu,  Thiru.M.K.Stalin, soon after assuming the charge as the Chief Minister,  announced Sustainable Cotton Cultivation Mission with necessary funds and  also removed Agricultural Market Committee Fee on seed cotton (kapas),  cotton and cotton waste was that prevailed since 1959 with an intention to  enhance the global competitiveness of the textile industry in the State and  benefit the farmers. SIMA Cotton Development and Research Association  (SIM A CD & RA) is closely working with the Department of Agriculture and  Government of Tamilnadu in implementing various State and Central  Government Schemes relating to cotton development. 

In a Press Release issued here today, Mr.Ravi Sam, Chairman, The  Southern India Mills’ Association (SIMA) has stated that he met the Hon’ble  Chief Minister of Tamilnadu yesterday (21.11.2022) at Secretariat, Chennai  and submitted a master plan for increasing the annual cotton production from  the level of 5 lakh bales to 25 lakh bales in a period of five years. The master  plan suggests pilot projects with necessary funding support to show case the  capability of Tamilnadu cotton farmers and replicate the same across the  State, says Mr.Ravi Sam. He has stated that the master plan has  recommended to ensure adequate availability of quality cotton seeds of State of-the-art technology capable of giving higher productivity and fibre quality  matching international standards giving more thrust for Extra Long Staple  Cotton, the dire need of the Nation. He added that the master plan also  recommends global based agronomy practices to be adopted, mechanized  harvesting and water conservation to reduce the cost of cultivation, increase  the productivity and meet the global sustainability norms. He said that the  Hon’ble Chief Minister has assured to consider the master plan favourably and conduct meetings shortly in this regard. 

SIMA Chief has also submitted memorandum appealing the Hon’ble  Chief Minister to strengthen the textile processing, the weakest link in the  entire textile value chain with sustainable and competent technology. He said  that sustaining the processing manufacturing facility and enhancing the 

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capacity has become a challenge in Tamilnadu with zero liquid discharge  technology that has no solution for sledge / mixed salt disposal and also find  a sustainable solution for water, a major raw material for textile processing.  He has said that the Association has requested the Hon’ble Chief Minister to  personally intervene and resolve certain issues in kick starting the SIMA  textile processing park and showcase a sustainable technology to the globe  and also replicate the same along the coastal area with marine outfall  technology, as the State is not able to find a solution for disposing the  common salt. He has stated that the Hon’ble Chief Minister has assured to  consider the memorandum favourably and do the needful. 

Mr.Ravi Sam has stated that the United States Department of Labour  (US DoL) has included cotton, cotton yarn/ thread and cotton readymade  garments under TVPRA list that has a threat of bringing sanctions on the  Indian cotton textiles exports to USA, if not addressed properly. He has said  that certain NGOs have exaggerated few stray cases out of proportion  alleging earlier the employment of child labour and now the forced labour. He  has pointed out that Tamilnadu is one of the best industrialized States not  only in the country, but also across the globe in terms of compliance relating  to labour environment and other sustainability measures. He has also  appealed to the Hon’ble Chief Minister to recognize a competent agency and  come out with common code of conduct and reduce the cost of compliance  certification and also mitigate the false allegations made by the NGOs. The  Hon’ble Chief Minister has assured to consider the memorandum favourably.  Mr.Ravi Sam has stated that he also met the concerned Hon’ble Ministers  and the officials on the detailed memoranda submitted to the Hon’ble Chief  Minister and briefed them on the relevant subjects.