Traceability was on the agenda of Abrapa, for the first time, at the Textile Chain Forum, in 2002. At the time, demonstrating a vision for the future, the association committed itself, among other measures, to work on the implantation of a system that would allow the identification and bale tracking.
It was a necessity to improve competitiveness at a time when our cotton started to resume, on a large scale, the foreign market, to face the demands of new buyers regarding the guarantee of origin of Brazilian cotton. At this point, it was also seen as a gain for the national textile industry.
The initiative resulted in the Abrapa Identification System (SAI), implemented two years later, in 2004. Since then, the SAI has been constantly evolving and is today a reference in a traceability project.