Farmers and textile manufacturers looking to boost cotton cultivation in Mexico

Both groups exchanged views on needs and solutions, in order to define areas of cooperation and action to help improve and enhance the value of national production chain. Relbo Raúl Treviño Cisneros, President of Cotton Product System in Tamaulipas said that, although factors such as climate, the pinch and ginning, packaging, storage and logistics are very important challenges; in his state they have been surpassing them to find the best practices that allow them to compete better and better, against imported cotton. “A point where we have matched and that today allows us to have better conditions of competition is the variety of cotton seed we use in our state, currently 100 percent is the Bayer FiberMax and Stoneville type; with better results than those used in other countries; because they can predict the performance will have the fiber in both performance and quality”, said Treviño Cisneros. For his part, Jorge Antonio Medina, president of the National Council of Cotton Producers said the future of Mexican cotton is in seed technology as it ensures higher yields and crop quality, more resistant crops and climate change pests, thus requiring less water and dispense with the use of herbicides, benefiting the environment, producers, farmers and end users.

Cotton to the country and representatives of the national textile industry, as well as the different chambers and associations, Bitia Trejo Osorio, head of Bayer CropScience business Seeds, said that cotton “has been regarded as a social culture that creates jobs and support families in the regions where it is grown”. Therefore, the importance of developing better seeds to protect the culture of the factors that may affect the production and marketing. In his participation, José Luis Hernández Lira, COO of Grupo Industrial Miro, enlisted the characteristics of the textile cotton more demanding as this length and uniformity, fiber strength, maturity and fineness as well as color, “each manufacturer, based on their own needs, will give more importance to one or the other, or more of these characteristics”. Hernández Lira stressed that domestic cotton has advantages over imported and has seen improvement in the volume and quality of production from the use of Bayer seeds. However, he warned, the industry group that works still uses a significant amount of imported cotton to cover their production of fabrics. Cotton, textile workers, private companies and the various chambers and associations, gathered by Bayer CropScience division, agreed on the need to periodically

establish such meetings, allowing them to exchange experiences, problems and solutions, with the aim of improving production, distribution, processing and sale of cotton and finished products for the benefit of their communities, families and everyone involved in this production chain.

Source: MéxicoXport