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Growth Prospects for India's Cotton and Textile Industries

by Maurice Landes, Stephen MacDonald, Santosh K. Singh, and Thomas Vollrath

Outlook No. (CWS-05D01) 44 pp, June 2005

India's prospects are changing now that the Multifiber Arrangement (MFA) no longer governs world textile trade. Decades of industrial policies that were both inward-oriented and biased toward small-scale production continue to influence India's textile trade prospects. While the recent introduction of genetically-modified (Bt) cotton has revitalized prospects for cotton production, quality issues are likely to hamper Indian cotton sales until the structure of India's cotton marketing system changes significantly.

Keywords: cotton, India, textiles, clothing, apparel, Multifiber Arrangement, synthetic fiber, spinning, weaving, China, trade policy, policy reform, seed varieties, fiber quality

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Last updated: Monday, May 20, 2013

For more information contact: Maurice Landes, Stephen MacDonald, Santosh K. Singh, and Thomas Vollrath

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