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The celebrations to mark the day aim to foster sustainable trade policies and enable developing countries to benefit from every step of the cotton value chain
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World Cotton Day is celebrated every year on October 7. Cotton is a global product grown in more than 75 countries on five continents and traded around the world. World Cotton Day is an opportunity to highlight its role in creating jobs and maintaining economic stability in the least developed countries. The celebrations marking the day aim to promote sustainable trade policies and enable developing countries to benefit from every step of the cotton value chain.
The Cotton-4 nations of Benin, Chad, Mail and Burkina Faso have made a formal proposal to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for the establishment of World Cotton Day. One of the largest cotton organizations in the world, the Bremen Cotton Exchange, also supported the idea.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Cotton Consultative Committee (ICAC) have established World Cotton Day on October 7, 2019, the inaugural day taking place at the WTO headquarters in Geneva.
This year the world cotton day theme is “Cotton for Good”. The event will be held virtually, with the participation of speakers from various countries to raise awareness of the importance of culture. The theme reflects the value it brings in the form of employment, environmental protection against plastic pollution, etc.
Cotton as a product has several uses – the fiber is used in textiles and clothing while its seed is used as fodder for animals. Cultivation also yields food products such as edible oil from its seeds. It provides jobs in some of the world’s least developed countries, according to the ICAC.
Cotton is an important crop for India, with over six million farmers employed in its cultivation. The the country is the biggest consumer and the second largest producer of fibers. On the second World Cotton Day, India presented its very first logo and label “Kasturi Cotton”. The brand is synonymous with purity, luminosity, whiteness, softness, individuality and brilliance.
The Cotton Corporation of India has also created the ‘Cott-Ally’ smartphone app to provide farmers with the latest information on crop status, weather conditions and farming methods related to the crop.