COIMBATORE, SEPT. 16:
SIMA Cotton Development and Research Association is planning to restore cultivation of the extra long staple cotton variety Suvin cotton.
This will help save foreign exchange spent on importing extra long staple cotton by the spinning industry. Currently, such import of cotton is worth around Rs 1,500 crore.
The research association plans restoration of this superfine cotton variety with a higher yield and optimum crop duration.
“If the cultivation of this extra long staple cotton is resumed with our improved MCU 5, India can avoid import of the ELS cotton from other countries,” said newly-elected Chairman of the research association T. Rajkumar.
Chief Cotton Breeder of the association M. Asha Rani said that the annual production of the ELS fibre in India is only around 2.65 lakh bales. “Textile mills are, therefore, compelled to import the extra long staple fibre from the US and Egypt,” she said.
To address this issue, the association developed an improved SIMA Suvin through intensive mass pedigree selection. “We have achieved improvement in productivity as also in micronnaire value without altering the morphological characters of Suvin variety,” she said.
V. Muthusamy, Research Manager at SIMA CD&RA, said that the renovated Suvin seeds have been distributed for field trials by farmers’ fields in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The seeds have been distributed in north Gujarat also, he added
Rajkumar said that the association has inked an agreement with Kaveri Seed Company, Hyderabad (a sub-licensee of Mahyco Monsanto Biotech (India)) for co-marketing KCH-999 BGII hybrid cotton seed as SIMA GKD 1.
Source: The Hindu