Contamination in cotton, even if it’s just a single foreign fibre, can lead to the downgrading of yarn, fabric, or garments, or even to the total rejection of an entire batch. It can also cause irreparable harm to the relationship between growers, ginners, merchants and textile and clothing mills.

Therefore, it’s essential that our industry does all it can to avoid contamination. The first and most logical step is to prevent/avoid or minimise contaminants from entering the production process, particularly during growing and harvesting. This fact sheet outlines the relevant farm management practices.