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Textiles are used in farming, animal husbandry and horticulture to control environment for crop production and cattle, eliminate the variations in climate and hazards associated with weather changes, regulate nutrient level uptake by plants and also assist in the process and post harvest operations. These textiles can be termed as Agrotextiles. Volumes of these special textiles called
Agrotextiles is increasing day by day world-wide.

These textiles are used in Agriculture and horticulture in woven, knitted as well as nonwoven forms. These include products Shade-nets, Greenhouse films, Mulch-mats, Crop-covers, Anti-hail nets and bird protection nets, Fishing nets and their likes. World Statistics indicate that the consumption of Agrotextiles all over the world was to the tune of 6,568 million USD in 2005 and is expected to rise to 8079 million USD by 2010. India has been projected as one of the leading consumer of these specialty textiles by 2010.

The current scenario in the country as reported by ICRA Management Services Report suggests that Agrotextiles in the country is expected to grow at the rate of 4 – 5 % per year from Rs. 510 crores in 2007 to Rs. 742 crores by 2012. However a major contributor to the market in this segment is fishing nets, all other products constitute only 15 %.

It is essential that products like shade nets, anti – hail nets, bird protection nets, harvesting nets, crop covers be popularized in the country for the benefit of horticulturists and floriculturists. SASMIRA as the Centre of Excellence for Agrotextiles along with alliances is working towards the demonstration, promotion, training, testing and evaluation of Agrotextiles in the country at the behest of The Office of the Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.

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