By Kavita Desai| Shrikant Kuwalekar - Cogencis,

Thursday, Aug 9 
MUMBAI - Ginners across five states stayed away from participating in Cotton Corp of India's processing tender, saying that  trash content norm set by the corporation was difficult to meet.  "Ginners  in  Madhya  Pradesh, Maharashtra,  Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha have not participated in the e-tender, as it was difficult to maintain the parameters set by the corporation," said Manjeet Chawla, president of Madhyanchal Cotton Ginners & Traders Association.

The Cotton Corp in its tender issued last month for 2018-19 (Oct-Sep) said that ginners must supply a minimum 33% lint processed from the raw cotton supplied to them and capped the trash content at 2% across centres. The corporation normally hires services of 600-650 ginning mills, through a tender, every year to process cotton it procures.

Cotton Corp's norms for ginned cotton trash was a part of its efforts to improve the quality to boost realisations from exports. Typically Indian cotton trades at a discount of 10-15% to international prices due to its poor quality emanating from higher trash content. 

Cotton Corp's Director-Marketing M.M. Chockalingam said, "Our aim is to improve quality. It is possible for ginners to follow the norm in respect of trash content." Ginners, on other hand, have been saying that the corporation must ease the norms to enable robust participation in the tender. "Normal trash content in Indian cotton bales is 3.0-3.5%. Stringent processing can bring it down to maximum of 2.5%," said a Jalgaon-based ginner.

Lack of sophisticated machinery is a key hurdle in bringing down the trash content, said Chawla who owns Khargone-based Harman Cottex & Seeds. Chockalingam said many ginners have demanded easier trash content norms. "We have discussed the matter with many ginner unions. Will be meeting some more and will arrive at our decision shortly, "Chockalingam said, adding that the corporation is unlikely to ease quality norms.  End (Source: