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The Israel Cotton Board Ltd.

The Israel Cotton Board

Cotton In Israel

Embracing The Challenge Of Top Qualities And An Ecological Approach

 

The Israel Cotton Board Ltd. (ICB) was established in 1956 as a cotton growers’ cooperative.

The company is the representative and marketing arm of all cotton growers in Israel.

 

All Israeli cotton is licensed BCI cotton, non GMO, roller ginned, 100% machine picked, mostly with on- board module pickers.

 

The Better Cotton Initiative exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future.

The Israel Cotton Production and Marketing Board (ICB) shares BCI’s values and strives continuously to improve its performance in production, profitability and its interaction with the physical and human environment it serves.

 

ICB has a Classing Institute where 100% of cotton is classed by qualified and experienced cotton classers and tested for quality using Uster's state-of-the-art HVI (1000/1000), including testing of stickiness.

Unique Pima and hybrid varieties are locally bred with emphasis on lint quality and spinning needs.

 

Israel's growers focus on Extra Long Staple cotton (Pima) and Long Staple (Acalpi), achieving record breaking yields and world class qualities:

 

Variety

Length (HVI)

Mic. (HVI)

Strength (HVI)

Pima

37-38 mm

3.7-4.5

39-42 GPT

Acalpi

34-36 mm

3.4-4.2

34-37 GPT

 

 

 

 

 

For cotton growers in Israel sustainability is not a fad but a way of life and has been of utmost importance from the very beginning.

 

Israel is a semi desert country with an ongoing growing population and as such faces constant shortages of water. Thanks to harnessing advanced technologies for efficient water use, over 60% of urban waste water is recycled for agricultural use at large and particularly for cotton.  

 

Israeli companies have also developed the drip irrigation system which saves more than 50% of water consumption in agriculture – Israeli cotton is irrigated using this technique.

Further advanced and innovative technology utilization in Israel is precision irrigation. Plant water requirements are accurately determined by monitoring from the air, from the land and by using remote sensing and satellite imagery.

All these measurements enable cotton growers in Israel to minimize water use in cotton farming and maximize yields – which are the highest in the world for Extra long staple cottons.

 

Hand in hand with the recycled water, drip irrigation and smart use of water, ecologically friendly - Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is practiced by Israeli cotton growers and implemented in the field. Israeli growers have accomplished a 50% reduction in the use of chemicals treatments against pests and diseases in comparison to previously practiced standard pest control management methods.

 

Marketing – Israeli cotton is marketed throughout the world with the highly regarded and reliable international company Otto Stadtlander GmbH.

 

The Israel Cotton Board continues its tradition to be well reputed for its high quality cotton, high standards of production, precision of shipments, compliance with contracts and prestige for reliability.

 

For further information please contact us at: mali@cotton.co.il. Tel 972-9-9604003.