COTTON ASSOCIATION OF INDIA INAUGURATES ITS TWELFTH COTTON TESTING & RESEARCH LABORATORY IN JALGAON
Shri Pradeep Kumar Agarwal, CMD, Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) inaugurated today the twelfth cotton testing and research laboratory of Cotton Association of India (CAI) set up in Jalgaon.
CAI, an apex cotton body in India, is engaged in providing various services to the cotton sector since its inception in 1921. It has 99 years of glorious and stellar history and entered its centenary year in October this year.
CAI has one of the largest networks of cotton testing laboratories in India and set up Cotton Testing Laboratories in all major cotton producing and consuming centres of the country to provide state-of-art, reliable and timely cotton testing facilities locally in a cost effective manner.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Atul S. Ganatra, President, CAI laid emphasis on utility of the instrument based testing of cotton in India. He stated, “the world over, marketing of cotton is done on the basis of quality parameters rather than varieties and instrument based testing of cotton has become order of the day.
In fact, in countries like USA, every single bale is tested on HVI equipment and the results of each bale in respect of various quality parameters are available online”. CAI has set this laboratory to cater to the needs of local ginners and traders of Khandesh region since there is no cotton testing laboratory to provide this facility in and around Jalgaon, Shri Ganatra added.
Shri Pradeep Kumar Agarwal, CMD, CCI, in his address while inaugurating the CAI’s Jalgaon laboratory, commended the role played by the CAI in providing various services to the cotton and textile industry adding that both CCI and CAI are complementing and supplementing each others. He assured that CCI would continue to lend all possible support to the CAI in its endeavour to serve the cotton and textile sector better.
Maharashtra Cotton Ginners Association President Shri Bhupendra Singh Rajpal and other invited ginners, exporters, traders and brokers also attended in large numbers.
In his thanks giving address, Shri Pradeep Shantilal Jain, Founder President of Khandesh Gin Press Karkhandar & Traders Development Association thanked the CAI President and the CAI Board of Directors for agreeing to the request of the trade in and around Jalgaon and setting up a laboratory in Jalgaon.
He added that cotton traders and ginners of Khandesh region would benefit immensely from this laboratory. He also thanked the CMD, CCI Shri Pradeep Kumar Agarwal for sparing his valuable time to inaugurate this laboratory and also the participants for attending the event to witness this momentous occasion.