Agriculture Current Affairs - 2019

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India International Cooperatives Trade Fair held in India

The First Ever India International Cooperatives Trade Fair (IICTF) will commence from 11 October 2019 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The three day fair is scheduled from 11-13 October 2019. It is unique initiative that provides single platform to farmers, artisans & other members of cooperatives directly to global trade arena.

Key Highlights of IICTF

It is conceived as a major platform to promote exports of Indian cooperative produce and is packed with exhibitions, B2B/C2C meetings, conferences, cultural programmes etc.

Objective: (i)To double farmers’ income by promoting cooperative to cooperative trade within India and abroad (ii) To promote exports of key agriculture commodities and products leading to enhanced rural and farm prosperity.

Why Cooperative sector? This initiative is part of Agriculture Export Policy (AEP) 2018 which aims at doubling agriculture export and integrating Indian farmers and agriculture products with global value chains. As per AEP 2018, the Cooperative sector has big role to play in doubling agriculture exports from present $30 billion to $60 billion by 2022.

Organizations Involved: IICTF has been steered by National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) with support of one international organization-NEDAC (Network for the Development of Agricultural Cooperatives), 3 Ministries, 4 State Governments and several apex level Indian cooperative organizations.

October 7: World Cotton Day; Textile Minister attends the program

The World Cotton Day (WCD) is being organized by the WTO in collaboration with UN, FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), UNCTD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), International Trade Center and International Cotton Advisory Committee.

The World Cotton Day is being observed for the first time. The resilience of farmers will be recognized and celebrated on the day.


The Objective of World Cotton Day is

  • to provide exposure to cotton and its stakeholders
  • To seek new collaboration for developing countries with private sectors and investors
  • To engage beneficiaries and strengthen development od assistance for cotton.

Global Celebration

The WCD will be celebrated in different countries with events that will provide exposure to farmers, researchers and business participants.

Several conferences, seminars and discussions will be conducted to mark the event.


Cotton is produced in 75 countries. It accounts to 18 billion USD of annual trade. Around 26 million farmers are involved in cotton farming. China is the largest producer of cotton followed by India, USA, Brazil, Pakistan, Turkey.

Usage of water

Cotton is a draught resistant crop. The deep root system of cotton is ideal for arid climate.

Usage of land

Cotton occupies 2.1% of world’s arable land and yet accounts to 27% of world textile needs.

Cotton Technical Assistance Program

Between 2011 and 2018, India conducted CTAP in 7 African countries namely Benin, Faso, Burkina, Mali, Chad, Uganda and Malawi. It focusses on increasing the competitiveness of cotton and cotton-based industries. This was a huge success.

Textile Minister attended the WCD program in Geneva. She announced that India is set to launch second phase of CTAP for Africa. It will be introduced in 5 additional countries Mali, Togo, Ghana, Zambia and Tanzania. India already had the program implemented in 6 African countries Benin, Chad, Burkin Faso, Malawi, Nigeria.