The Indian council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has launched an ambitious research system in various fields of agriculture during 12th Five year plan, by introducing the ICAR Agri-Research Consortia Platforms (Agri-CRP) to fortify and encourage the innovative research approach to take up national problems that have been perceived over time. It is proposed as Plan-funded activity and shall be vested with National Agricultural Research System with consortia partnership with all organizations that have interest in partnering towards finding lasting solutions to identified agricultural issues of the country. CRP on Natural Fibre (CRP- NF) is one of the platform projects approved under Agri-CRP by ICAR. ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai has been entrusted as Nodal Centre for executing CRP-NF project due to its vast experience and significant achievements in the research on natural fibres.
The project was initiated during the year 2015-16 during 12th Five year plan and it was extended up to 2020 by the council vide letter number F.No. A.Engg./7/12/2017/IA-II(AE) dated 27.09.2017 under the scheme entitled “Fibre Processing and Value Addition” comprising CRP on Natural Fibres with a total outlay of Rs.211.83 Lakhs for three years (2017-2020).