INDIA: Organic cotton apparel segment to emerge as largest supplier by ’08

NEW DELHI: The apparel segment from the country is likely to become the largest supplier of organic cotton apparel by 2008, which currently contributes an estimated 6,000-7,000 tons of fiber annually after Turkey and US, sources said here on May 12.
Sources further added that as organic cotton is environment friendly produced without using fertilizers, chemicals and pesticides, dominant organic players like the Switzerland-based Coop have already had an country based organic project (Maikaal Biore) for the last three years.

The recent entrant like Liz Claiborne, Woolworths (South Africa) and Gaiam (US) are largely sourcing yarn and fiber from the players based in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

Further JC Penney, Reebok and Gap are negotiating with the suppliers based in the country as they are planning to enter the country’s organic cotton apparel segment by next season..

However local textile companies and brands have stayed away from the segment in comparison with global players. Mr V Goyal, director, Vardhman group informed that the company has been producing small quantities of organic cotton yarn and fabric for some international buyers, whose demands are increasing but the prices are acting as an hurdle.
Mr Shrayskar Chaudhary, joint MD of Indore-based Pratibha Syntex, the largest producer of organic cotton yarn and fiber in the country clarified that none of the domestic brands or brands retailing in the country barring Nike, is retailing organic cotton garments. However, Arvind and Raymond have shown interest and are talking to the coumpany.
Sources finally added that the country made organic cotton apparel has already found its way into the global organic apparel lines of Wal-Mart and Nike.

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Added: May 13, 2006 Source: Agencies
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