Feb.14th-15th 2016: Desi Cotton & Contemporary Khadi Revival Workshop, Gandhigram University, Tamil Nadu

Sahaja Samrudda the seed saving farmers’ cooperative from Karnataka, Tula – a social enterprise to bring low /no energy cotton value chain (www.tula.org.in) and SIMCODESS come together at Gandhigram to explore revival of Desi cotton and contemporary Khadi.
We intend to conduct a 2 day workshop that will cover the various Desi cotton varieties, history and plans to revive them. It will be at Gandhigram on Feb 14th and 15th (Sunday & Monday).

National Workshop on ‘Revival of  Desi Cotton and Contemporary Khadi’

14th and 15th February 2016,  Gandhi Gram, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu.

Programme Schedule

DAY 1: 14th Feb 2016


10.00 -10.30 am


10.30 – 11.30am

Welcome G.F. Visuvasam,  Simcodes Society
Introduction to the workshop



Ananthoo,  Tula

Mutual introduction of participants  


11.30 am – 11.45 am: TEA BREAK

11.45 – 01.30 pm

Session 1: Context-Setting  
a historical look at Cotton  and what went wrong ?  where ? Jaishankar, Organic Farmer & Tula mentor
Gandhi and Desi cotton M.R.Rajagopalan, Secretary, Gandhi Gram Trust
Desi cotton revival across India Krishna Prasad, Sahaja Samrudha
1.30 am – 2.30 pm: Lunch



02.30 – 04.00 pm

Session 2: Cultivation of Desi Cotton  
Conservation and Development of Desi Cotton Varieties


Central Institute for Cotton Research /TNAU


Cultivation of Jayadhar cotton in Karnataka Kallappa

Desi Cotton Growers Association,Hubli

Cultivation of Karungani Paruthi in Tamil Nadu


Karung kanni Organic Cotton Growers Association ,Dindgul
Cultivation of Danvantari cotton in Vidharbha,Maharastra Devaraj Patil

Vidharbha Desi Kapus Utpadak Sangha,Wardha

  Cultivation of RG 8  cotton in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka Raghavendra

Sahaja Samrudha


04.00 – 05.30 pm

Session 3: Marketing Desi Cotton  
Creative and innovative   market for desi cotton Mani Chinnaswamy, Appachi Eco –Logic Cotton
Eco friendly  desi cotton value chain- Tula experience Ananthoo,  Tula
05.30- 07.00 pm Break
07.00=08.30 pm Film Show  


DAY 2: 15th Feb 2016


07.30-08.00 am Breakfast  
08.00- 10.00 am Desi Cotton – Field Visit


Karung kanni  cotton farms in Chinnappa Puram village
10.00-10.30 am TEA BREAK  

10.30 – 12.30 pm

Session 4: Desi Cotton value addition  
Reusable Napkins (washable cloth pads)   Banu Chitra Mathivanan


Muslin cloth Arup Rakshit

M G Gramdyog Seva Sansthan,Kolkata

Desi Cotton Bags Manohara Shenoy

Rahul Bags,Bangalore

Craft Items /Cotton oil/ Surgical Cotton  
Other Possible interventions Cotton specialists from TNAU
12.30 – 1.30 pm Session 5: Desi Cotton and Khadi  
  Khadi Industry –  Past, present and Future Anand Dharwarker , Tara handloom


  Revival of Khadi with Desi Cotton – looking in to the whole value chain Group work
  Strengthening Rural Livelihoods –Gandhi   and Kumarappa’s vision Group work
  Cultivating Desi Cotton Culture in Schools Purna Pramathi School, Bangalore
01.30-2.30 pm Lunch  
02.30-3.30 pm Visit to Gandhigram weaving and natural dyeing centres
03.30- 05.00 pm Session 6: Way forward  – next steps, linking across value chains, firming up plans Kavitha Kuruganti


Krishna Prasad



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