Sustainable cotton production in Pakistan's cotton ginning SMEs (SPRING)

Areas of Better Ginning Practices (BGPs

Objective © SAP / WWF-Pakistan
Objective © SAP / WWF-Pakistan
SAP / WWF-Pakistan

Formulation/ Development

Ginning SMEs will be support in adoption of Better Ginning Practices covering three core areas:

1 Better Cotton
2 Ginning Efficiency
3 Decent Work

Better Cotton Sourcing and Tracking

  • Work with 30 gins to demonstrate more sustainable ginning practices (and business benefits) and to increase supply of Better Cotton to European markets

Ginning Efficiency

  • Process efficiency,
  • Develop Better Ginning Practice guidelines, based on the experience of the 30 gins, to be endorsed by the Pakistan Cotton Ginning Association (PCGA)
  • Energy efficiency
  • Waste management

Decent Work

  • The Better Cotton system contains measures to ensure Decent Work at the farm level; this Action will extend considerations of Decent Work standards to the gin level.

Engagement Of Target Group

  • Integrated gap analysis survey of 45 ginning SMEs
  • Cotton selector training with the collaboration of Pakistan Cotton Standard Institute for 18 ginners
  • capacity building workshops of cotton growers on fibre; quality preservation with respect to Seed Cotton management
  • training events for picker women with respect to better picking practices;
  • workshops for gin machinery fitter training;
  • meetings for linkages development between producer organizations and ginners to improve Better Cotton supply chain;
  • Online Bale Tracking System trainings with the collaboration of BCI;
  • stakeholders meetings;
  • seminars on sustainable production and consumption at premier universities;
  • street theatre performance on social and environmental issues in cotton production and processing attended by more than 5000 people;
  • workshops on Cotton grading and classification;
  • EU retailers Seminar in UK

Policy Linkages

  • Active collaboration with Ministry of Textiles and Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association

Did you know?

Pakistan is the fifth largest producer of cotton, third largest exporter of raw cotton and largest exporter of cotton yarn


Cotton sector employees 40% of Pakistan’s total labour force and nearly 60% of exports
The most frequent response we get from the participating ginners is their admittance of the fact that prior to being part of SWITCH Asia SPRING project, they used to run their ginning facilities as a trading place of processed cotton and they never considered their ginning business as an industry let alone considering about energy conservation, mechanical efficiency or productivity. SPRING has highlighted not only the economic benefits of improving efficiencies but also has raised their consciousness about improving working condition & environment at their ginning factories.

Asad Imran
Senior Manager
Sustainable Agriculture Programme

SAP Projects

  • SPRING Sustainable Cotton Production in Pakistan's Cotton Ginning SMEs
  • PSCI Pakistan Sustainable Cotton Initiative
  • SuPSI Sugar Producer Support Initiative
  • BCFTF Better Cotton Fast Track Fund

  • Understanding the GHG emissions and Water Footprint (environmental footprint) associated with Cotton Cultivation in Cotton-growing Regions of India and Pakistan
WWF-Pakistan Sustainable Agriculture Programme Project Areas
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