Pune: Under the new five-year textile policy for the years 2018 to 2023 announced in February, the share capital of the government for starting a cooperative textile mill will only be provided to the ‘cotton growing talukas’.
As many as 115 talukas from 18 districts in the State have been declared as cotton growing by the government through a government resolution (GR) issued on Wednesday. This will see a tremendous boost to the textile industry in these regions.
The GR stated that the currently functional textile mills with 25,200 wheels running with full capacity, need 28,800 reams of cotton, which is about 4,896 tonnes of cotton. For a new mill to be established, the requirement of cotton is almost twice, around 9,600 tonnes. Accordingly, talukas have been identified as ‘cotton growing’ based on these requirements.
The talukas which are capable of producing more than 9,600 tonnes of cotton to be provided to the newly initiated mills and identified by the government are from districts of Nashik (3), Dhule (3), Nandurbar (2), Jalgaon (15), Ahmednagar (1), Aurangabad (9), Jalna (7), Beed (5), Nanded (7), Parbhani (6), Hingoli (2), Buldhana (8), Akola (7), Amravati (9), Yavatmal (13), Wardha (8), Nagpur (6) and Chandrapur (4).
More talukas will be added to the list of ‘cotton growing’ talukas if they continue to give an output of more than 9,600 tonnes of cotton for two years continuously. A taluka, which has a textile mill already, will only be considered for establishing a new mill if it has more than 50 per cent or a minimum of 5,000 tonnes of cotton available for supply to the mill.