The ICAR launched the All India Coordinated Cotton Improvement Project (AICCIP) in the year 1967 with its Headquarters at Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) to give new thrust and direction in terms of multidisciplinary and multi-centre approaches with the active involvement of State Agricultural Universities. Currently, the AICCIP Project is in operation with its headquarters at Coimbatore and spread over 21 participating Centres involving 15 State Agricultural Universities. The Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT, ICAR), Mumbai and its Regional units located at Sirsa, Surat , Nagpur , Dharwad, Guntur and Coimbatore are closely associated with AICCIP in assessing the fibre quality parameters of cotton besides ensuring appropriate value addition to cotton.
- To improve cotton productivity and quality through coordination of research efforts
- To evaluate quality parameters of cotton lint, its mechanical behavior at various stages of processing up to spinning of yarn and evaluation of yarn characteristics
- To support cotton breeders by the evaluation of cotton fibre attributes