New cotton research corporation established in the UK
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CTA. 1987. New cotton research corporation established in the UK. Spore 10. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A new force in the field of cotton development, the Liverpool Cotton Research Corporation (LCRC), has been founded under the auspices of the Liverpool Cotton Association. This new non-profit making institution will support and promote cotton...
A new force in the field of cotton development, the Liverpool Cotton Research Corporation (LCRC), has been founded under the auspices of the Liverpool Cotton Association. This new non-profit making institution will support and promote cotton research in developing countries. The rationale behind the establishment of the LCRC is based on the view that cotton has a major role to play in the agricultural development of many areas and that there has, over the past decade, been a drop in international support to the crop. Despite the fact that the cotton industry faces many difficulties, not least among which are an over supply and a fluctuating world price, cotton cultivation can continue to assist the development of both rural and urban communities. It can promote employment and distribute cash through a large sector of the community in addition to generating foreign exchange at a national level. Indeed, in many of the drier regions it is the only readily available crop which can fulfill all these roles. There are indications that some producers, especially the smaller ones, are now neglecting the opportunity of incorporating cotton cultivation in their development plans as both production and quality continue to decline. These declines are often associated with a diminished research effort and LCRC hopes to address this situation by renewing interest in research programmes. LCRC recognizes that it must provide a specialist service which nevertheless retains sufficient flexibility to meet the varying needs of individual national aspirations. LCRC will provide scientific and technical assistance to national and regional programmes. In addition to associating with national research programmes, LCRC will provide an information service for cotton development. At first this service will be based partly on the library of the former Cotton Research Corporation (which was wound up in 1976) and partly on international databases. The Corporation will also assist in the transfer of information between cotton workers by initiating a quarterly newsletter and by re-establishing a journal similar to the former 'Cotton Growing Review'. A third activity will be to facilitate the training of young cotton scientists, both in their own countries and elsewhere since a continuing influx of well-trained personnel is vital to the success of most cotton development intitiatives. Liverpool has long been associated with the cotton trade and LCRC will have the opportunity to draw on its wealth of experience. The corporation will also work with a number of other organizations which are associated with cotton, such as IRCT, IIC and TDRI. For more information write to: Liverpool Cotton Research Corporation Outlook House 458 New Chester Road Rock Ferry Birkenhead Merseyside L42 2AE United Kingdom