COTTON: Pakistan in new project for more sustainable cotton ginning
WWF Pakistan has partnered with an EU-programme to support the Better Cotton system by introducing more sustainable production practices at the ginners, the first step in the process to refine raw cotton into textiles.
An agreement for a four-year project titled Sustainable cotton production in Pakistan’s cotton ginning SMEs (SPRING) was signed in January with the European Union Switch-Asia Programme. The project aims to involve at least 500 small and medium sized cotton ginners in Pakistan.
By 2015, at least 40 percent of these are expected to be committed to more sustainable production, in line with agreed practices and supported by European retailers’ procurement practices. So far, the project has started working with ginners in the Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan districts in Punjab and in the Sukkur district in Sindh.
IKEA and WWF have worked together to promote more sustainable cotton growing practices in Pakistan and India since 2005. Today, WWF Pakistan works with more than 80,000 cotton farmers across over more than 700,000 acres with the aim to grow cotton in line with Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) criteria. Pakistan was declared pioneer Better Cotton country in 2010.