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Background of CAI

  • Engaged in providing a wide range of services to the entire cotton value chain since its incorporation in 1921
  • All segments of the cotton trade and textile industry of the country including Mill Buyers, Growers & Growers Co-operatives, Ginners, Brokers, Merchants, Importers and Exporters, etc. are represented in CAI
  • 17 Regional Cotton Associations and 4 Co-operative Marketing Societies representing all upcountry cotton producing regions of the Country are affiliated with CAI and represented on its Board as Associate Directors
  • Represented on various International Cotton Fora i.e. ICAC, ICA, CICCA, IFCP, ITMF and several other International Cotton Associations

Activities of CAI

  • Cotton testing services at various locations
  • Maintains Indian Cotton Grade Standards
  • Fixes Daily Spot Rates for all major growths of Indian cotton
  • Arbitration and Conciliation mechanism for speedy resolution of disputes relating to cotton trade
  • Cotton developmental activities through its research wing, COTAAP Research Foundation along with farmers in various cotton growing States
  • Issues Certificates of Origin to Indian cotton exporters
  • Training Programmes on various topics of interest to Cotton trade through its ‘Learn with CAI’ series of One-day Seminars
  • Disseminates data through its bulletin, ’Cotton Statistics & News,’ 'Indian Cotton Annual’ and website, ‘’
  • Monthly estimates of Cotton Crop
  • Philanthropic and Religious activities through its various Trusts

Benefits of Membership of CAI

  • Cotton testing services to members at a special concessional rate
  • Arbitration and Conciliation services to members at a special concessional rate
  • Certificates of Origin to members at concessional rate
  • Special concessional fee for members for participating in various Seminars, Courses and Conferences organized by CAI
  • Platform to represent their views to the Government on policy matters
  • Complimentary copies of ‘Cotton Statistics & News’ and ‘Indian Cotton Annual’ and free access to CAI Website

Future Plans of CAI

  • Setting up of Cotton Testing Laboratories at additional upcountry locations
  • Establishing a Cotton School of International standard
  • Undertaking Cotton Promotion Programmes
  • Establishing a Cotton Museum