Has not the time come for the Indian spinning sector to expand and convert all available cotton into (cotton) yarn, instead of exporting a part of it as fibre to our competitors? This question comes uppermost in our minds in the context of the obligation imposed on spinners to pack, in hank form 40 per cent of cotton yarn to ensure availability to the de-centralised handloom sector of the textile industry. It is known that cotton yarn, a value-added product, earns more foreign exchange than cotton, a natural fibre.