December 7, 2023

CCI Unveils Cotton Bale Identification & Traceability System

To celebrate World Cotton Day, Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) launched the ‘Bale Identification and Traceability System’ (BITS) using Blockchain Technology at a conference on cotton.

CCI has launched BITS to ensure that the quality, variety, origin, and other vital parameters of cotton are transparent to both Indian and international buyers.

Each cotton bale now carries a QR code that allows easy tracking of its original source, processing factory, storage details, and associated cotton quality information, including time stamps.

CCI launched BITS at conference centered on the theme of ‘Enhancing Quality & Productivity of Indian Cotton through Policy, Innovation, & Technology Upgradation.’

The conference held on the eve of World Cotton Day, highlighted best practices and sustainable farming methods throughout the cotton value chain, spanning from farm, fibre, factory, fashion to foreign.

Brainstorming sessions addressed crucial topics, including ‘Enhancing Sustainability & Circularity in the Cotton Value Chain’ and ‘Cotton Mission for Enhancing Quality & Productivity.’

Additionally, the Ministry of Textiles introduced the Kasturi Cotton program, a premium certified quality cotton with traceability. All Indian ginners can produce Kasturi cotton by following quality protocols.

The Ministry of Textiles also unveiled the event brochure for the 81st Plenary meeting of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), slated to take place in Mumbai from December 2-5, 2023.

The theme for this event is ‘Cotton Value Chain: Local Innovations for Global Prosperity’ with over 400 delegates and observers expected to attend from more than 27 countries.

During her key note address, Rachna Shah, Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, emphasised the need for the textile industry to address challenges in order to maintain its position as a global leader in cotton production.

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