Cotton plays an important role in the Indian economy as the country's textile industry is predominantly cotton based. India is one of the largest producers as well as exporters of cotton yarn. During 2012-13, India had about 11.77 million hectares under cotton cultivation and produced 34 million bales (170 kg each) of cotton, making it the second largest producer of cotton worldwide.
The states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh (AP), Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh (MP), Rajasthan, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu (TN) are the major cotton producers in India.
Key Markets and Export Destinations
India accounted for about 4.72 per cent of global textiles and clothing trade in 2011.
- During January-June 2011, India was the second-largest supplier of textiles and clothing to the US
- Textile and clothing products worth US$ 3.27 billion and textiles worth US$ 1.35 billion were exported from India to the US during January-June 2011, registering year-on-year growth rates of 11.22 per cent and 10.66 per cent respectively
- During January-June 2011, India stood firmly as the third-largest supplier of textiles and clothing to the European Union (EU)
- India exported textile and clothing products worth US$ 5.86 billion and textile worth US$ 2.01 billion to the EU markets during January-June 2011, registering year-on-year growth rates of 30.51 per cent and 39.58 per cent respectively
Various reputed foreign retailers and brands such as Carrefour, Gap, H&M, JC Penney, Levi Strauss, Macy's, Marks & Spencer, Metro Group, Nike, Reebok, Tommy Hilfiger and WaI-Mart import Indian textile products.
Cotton Textile Export Promotion Council
The Cotton Textile Export Promotion Council (TEXPROCIL) takes part in national and international events to enhance the visibility of Indian products, advertises and promotes Indian products in various media vehicles such as fashion magazines, event-related pull-outs, India reports and leading trade magazines, and organises buyer-seller meets (BSM) and trade delegation visits.
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