The Improved Cotton Initiative (BCI) has introduced that Greek Agro-two Integrated Administration Expectations have been correctly benchmarked as equal to Improved Cotton Common Procedure which will encourage extra sustainable Greek cotton farming. Greece is the major cotton-producing state in Europe, with extra than 45,000 registered cotton farmers.

 

Farmers qualified less than the Agro-two requirements who elect to take part in the BCI programme will now be qualified to sell their cotton as Improved Cotton from the 2020-21 cotton season. By the stop of 2022, it is estimated that 5,000 farmers will be increasing Agro-two accredited cotton (equal to Improved Cotton), on forty,000 hectares, producing all over 185,000 bales.

 

The Agro-two Integrated Administration Expectations were created by the countrywide Hellenic Agricultural Organisation, Elgo-Demeter, a statutory human body less than the ministry of rural progress and food items. Elgo-Demeter and the Inter-Branch Organisation of Greek Cotton (DOV) – jointly Elgo-Dov – partnered to encourage and employ the Agro-two requirements for Greek cotton output.

 

“We are delighted to be functioning with Elgo-Dov as a strategic partner and welcome Greece as a new BCI equal common. By bringing the two devices collectively, Greek cotton will be able to add to improved farmer livelihoods even though expanding the profile of the country’s extra sustainable cotton output,” Alan McClay, CEO at Improved Cotton Initiative, reported in a push launch.

 

The benchmarking of the Agro-two requirements to the Improved Cotton Common Procedure is the culmination of various yrs of engagement and preparation. The procedure started in 2017 following desire expressed by Greek stakeholders.

 

BCI labored with IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, to explore the probability of a BCI programme in Greece. With first funding from the Improved Cotton Expansion and Innovation Fund, a sequence of stakeholder consultations and assessments were carried out in line with BCI’s benchmarking and commence-up procedure. After an impartial comparison of the requirements and a complete gap assessment, a viable route toward benchmarking Agro-two with the Improved Cotton Common Procedure (BCSS) was identified.

 

Pursuing a comprehensive benchmarking overview of the 6 parts of the BCSS, modifications were created to the Agro-two requirements to ensure alignment. Upon completion, Greece started the formal BCI state commence-up procedure, culminating in the signing of a strategic partnership agreement amongst BCI and Elgo-Dov to recognise Agro-two qualified cotton as equal to Improved Cotton.

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The Improved Cotton Initiative (BCI) has introduced that Greek Agro-two Integrated Administration Expectations have been correctly benchmarked as equal to Improved Cotton Common Procedure which will encourage extra sustainable Greek cotton farming. Greece is the major cotton-producing state in Europe, with extra than 45,000 registered cotton farmers.