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Primark progress: Can going green help pick the slavery out of cotton?

BRITISH fashion retailer Primark is funding a social enterprise in India which trains farmers to grow sustainable cotton that can cut water and chemical use and improve profits.

With the global cotton industry under scrutiny for using forced and child labour and polluting the environment, more Western companies are starting to work with farmers to clean up fashion’s leading natural fibre – and its complex supply chain.

Kanchen Kanjarya, 42, is one of 1,250 women farmers in Gujarat, India’s biggest cotton and cottonseed producing state, taking part in one of a number of small initiatives led by companies to combat environmental problems and break the cycle of child labour.

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Eastern Eye UK is Britain's only national English language weekly serving the entire Asian community in the UK. Established in 1989 Eastern Eye is a full colour tabloid with coverage of news, sport, entertainment and Bollywood news.It has become the best selling newspaper for Asians in the UK.

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