Cotton is a part of our daily lives and has hundreds of uses, from blue jeans to soap. All parts of the cotton plant are useful, the most important being the fibre or lint, which is used to make yarn for cotton cloth. The linters (the short fuzz on the seed) provide amongst others cellulose […]
Cotton has been used as a fibre for more than 7000 years! Unlike fossil based fibres, cotton is sustainable, renewable, biodegradable, and carbon neutral and can be used without depleting or damaging the environment, thus making it an excellent choice as an environmentally-friendly fibre throughout its entire product life cycle. New technology, such as insect-resistant and […]
To advance South Africa to an environmentally responsible future, the cotton industry is continuing with the development and implementation of new technologies and methods of cotton production and manufacturing, and developing new uses for the cotton plant that will result in meeting consumer needs and to balance productivity and profit, without compromising the ability of […]
Cotton South Africa is a non-profit organisation that brings together both private and public sector organisations involved in the entire cotton industry value chain, including producers, organised labour, consumer organisations and service providers, to stabilise employment and improve overall competitiveness in the cotton industry. We promote a Southern African regional value chain which will result […]
|Current Cotton SA Market Report|
|Despite higher cotton prices which have averaged 84 US c/lb so far for the 2017/18 season, The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) expects that world cotton area for 2018/19 will only increase slightly by less than 1%. In the USA, the world's 3rd largest cotton producer, cotton hectares are however expected to increase by 11%, amongst others due to new support policies passed in February. Drought conditions however, remain a concern for the cotton area in West Texas which represents about 25% of the US cotton production. In India, the largest global cotton producer, planted area is expected to decrease by 3% following the pink bollworm infestation that caused yield losses in 2017/18.||Read More|
|Cotton SA Latest Crop Estimate|
|As far as the local outlook is concerned, the 4th estimate for the 2017/18 production year indicates a cotton crop of 185 663 lint bales for the RSA, an increase of 139% over the previous season and 2% down from last month’s estimate. Dryland and irrigation hectares show increases of 68% and 169% respectively over the previous year mainly due to the more favourable prices of cotton in relation to competitive crops but also due to renewed interest in cotton production.||Read More|
|Latest Cotton Situation for SA|
|As at the end of the 2017/18 marketing season (31 March 2018) there no seed cotton and 264 tons of cotton lint in stock at cotton ginners. No cotton lint was produced by ginners in March and 593 tons were sold. Cotton spinners consumed 1584 tons of cotton lint in March whilst 2841 tons were in stock at the end of March 2018. Local cotton mill use for the 2017/18 marketing season was 2% up from the 2016/17 season.||Read More|
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Cotton South Africa’s Services
We provide an industry forum for the whole cotton value chain, information, advise government and promote the development of cotton farmers all over the country.
We co-ordinate all quality control processes, from grading and classification, compiling standards, testing and contamination prevention.
We test textiles according to SABS and ISO standards, including colour fastness, mass per unit area, dimensional stability and fibre composition.
We provide training on all aspects of the cotton production process to ensure uniformity in grading and classification standards.
Cotton South Africa's Programmes
We run various programmes to constantly promote and develop the cotton industry in South Africa, such as the Smallholder Farmers Skills Development Programme, designed specifically to support smallholder cotton farmers and the Cotton Certification Scheme regulating the use of the Cotton Trade Mark. We also manage the Sustainable Cotton Cluster, focused on driving a more sustainable cotton supply chain.
The Cotton Mark
The Cotton Mark is a registered trademark launched by South African cotton producers in 1985 as a quality mark for cotton merchandise.
Since then the use of the Cotton Mark was granted to many of the important players in the cotton...
Small-holder farmers have an important part to play in building a sustainable future for the cotton industry. We provide training and support in a programme that has already delivered notable success. Over the years, their contribution to the cotton sector has grown significantly.
Sustainable Cotton Cluster
The Sustainable Cotton Cluster programme brings together the entire cotton value chain, including the public sector, organised labour, consumer organisations, service providers and dedicated cluster management.