quality guides the work of Brazilian producers, researchers, and scientists.
With studies and advances in technology, Brazilian cotton presents the necessary level of quality to meet production demands, besides being totally free from contamination and being grown in high-yield areas, ensuring year-round supply.
Brazilian cotton indicators – 2019/2020
the Standard Brazil HVI program
In 2016, Abrapa (Brazilian Association of Cotton Growers) and its state member associations created the Standard Brasil HVI program (SBRHVI) to standardize the instrumental classification of cotton by allowing digital access to cotton test data, and ensuring transparency and credibility to the country’s test results.
SBRHVI comprises a set of practices that promote quality standardization parameters and is based on three pillars:
- Brazilian Reference Center for Cotton Testing (CBRA)
A Central laboratory that re-tests 0.5% of all samples tested by the laboratories in the program, ensuring standardized classification processes.In 2018, the CBRA joined the list of laboratories internationally certified by ICA Bremen.
- Brazilian Cotton Quality Database
An intelligence hub that integrates cotton testing and classification data with the traceability system, and generates the information to be printed on the bar-code labels attached to the bales.
- Guidance to participating laboratories
Training, technical visits, and support for laboratories in Brazil to work at the same quality standards and in line with CBRA.
100% of Brazilian cotton is tested by high-volume instruments (HVI)
For visual and manual classification, two samples are collected from each bale – from opposite sides.
In the 2019/2020 crop, more than 14 million HVI tests are planned, performed by 71 machines in 11 Brazilian laboratories equipped to test 100% of the country’s production.
In the laboratories, there is a correct gauging of humidity and temperature for HVI testing and a double colorimeter is used in High Volume Instrument devices to increase the reliability of the reflectance and yellowness data.