Cotton is a natural renewable resource

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 […]

A true renewable source of fibre

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 […]

A Sustainable Cotton Industry

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

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 
The growing demand for cotton, concerns for the 2018/19 cotton crop and changing trade policies (including additional tariffs on cotton) are contributing to uncertainty for the global cotton market. Global cotton trade is estimated by the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) to grow by 10% in 2017/18 to 9 million tons and is projected to reach 9.3 million tons in 2018/19. The four leading exporters in 2018/19 are expected to be: the USA with 3.3 million tons; the West African region with 1.3 million tons; Brazil with over 1 million tons and India with less than 1 million tons. Read More
Cotton SA Latest Crop Estimate
As far as the local outlook is concerned, the 6th estimate for the 2017/18 production year indicates a cotton crop of 187 528 lint bales for the RSA, an increase of 142% over the previous season and more or less unchanged from last month’s estimate. Dryland and irrigation hectares show increases of 67% and 168% 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 April 2018 there were 213 tons of seed cotton and 197 tons of cotton lint in stock at cotton ginners. Local cotton ginners sold 67 tons of cotton lint in April whilst nothing was ginned. Local cotton spinners consumed 1442 tons of cotton lint in April 2018, down 31% from April 2017 (mainly due to the closure of the Swaziland spinning mill towards the end of last year) whilst 3423 tons were in stock on 30 April 2018. Read More
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ICA Bremen Certification
Cotton South Africa (Cotton SA) has become the first laboratory to be certified under the ICA Bremen ‘International Laboratory Certification Scheme’. Designed to raise the bar in the quality testing arena, the aim of the scheme is to establish an approved list of laboratories worldwide that meet a standard level of quality assurance. With our long standing history of classing and HVI fibre testing experience, we will endeavour to uphold the proud standard level of quality assurance within the international cotton environment as well as the aims and contract sanctity values of ICA Bremen.” Eleven laboratories are currently in the process of assessment. Once certified, they will become a ‘laboratory of choice’ to resolve quality disputes in line with the ICA Bylaws & Rules, as well as providing a service to the cotton industry. Bremen


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.

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...

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Small-Holder Farmers

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.

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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.

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