the findings of the Central Institute of Research for Cotton ( circot ), New Delhi, published in the Indian Textiles Journal , say that it is favourable for the Indian industry that fewer varieties of cotton are grown in the country. The institute has recommended the immediate withdrawl of some cotton varieties. "An almost unanimous opinion has been expressed against an excessive number of varieties under cultivation in the country," the findings say. At present, more than 60 varieties of cotton are grown in the country.
Findings have revealed that the prevalence of too many varieties results in the mixing of cotton -- inadvertently as well as due to fraudulent practices. Also, mixing of seeds leads to the erosion of "varietal purity" and makes it difficult for cotton mills to choose the preferable varieties for spinning different counts of yarns. "Though it would be difficult at present to prescribe any number of varieties, a think-tank must be constituted to come out with clear proposals on varietal denotification," said K R Krishna Iyer, director, circot .
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