Organic cotton from Punjab may find a market in Europe,
especially Germany, as there is a great demand for the
product there, state finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal
started the project for growing organic cotton in Abohar
as it was found to be of great demand in Germany and elsewhere
in Europe, Badal told a business meet of ambassadors and
commercial counsellors of Arab and African countries organised
by Assocham in Chandigarh.
world over, there is a new craze for natural products.
For the past five years, the fashion capitals of the world
have been hosting events, exhibitions and competitions
to promote eco-friendly fashion, including this year''s
Fashion Is In My Nature trade show in Paris, Is
Green the New Black? campaign in London, and the green-themed
`Fashion Week'' in Brazil.
from unbleached cotton and jeans made of organic fabric
from Peru and Turkey and made in worker- and environmentally-friendly
factories in Africa are the new trend in fashion world.
is trying to cash in on this new craze, he said, adding
agriculture is the backbone of Punjab''s economy and the
government is making high investments in the agriculture
are on the threshold of adding value to our agriculture
and are going for fruit and vegetable processing in a
big way. Textile and food parks are being set up at different
places while two juicing plants are coming up in Abohar
and Hoshiarpur as we are promoting citrus cultivation,"
despite being one of the smaller states of the country
in terms of land area, contributes 22 per cent of India''s
wheat production, 10 per cent of rice, 12 per cent of
cotton, 33 per cent of milk and 25 per cent of honey and
"all of this is possible because we have highly mechanised
agriculture", the minister pointed out.
also offered to give the state''s expertise to the African
countries in agriculture. The government could sponsor
a delegation of progressive farmers to Ethiopia to give
help and advice, he said.