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 prices compared to a year ago, the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) expects that world cotton production could grow by only 1% in 2017/18 mainly due to lower yields. In India, the world's largest cotton producing country, a 2% increase in cotton production is expected. Due to improved prices as well as a stable subsidy for the next 3 years, Chinese cotton production is expected to grow by about 1% following the decline in production of the previous season. The ICAC expects that cotton production in the USA could also increase by about 1% in 2017/18.||Read More|
|Cotton SA Latest Crop Estimate|
|The 4th estimate for the 2016/17 production year indicates a total crop of 75 358 lint bales, up 49% from the previous season and 2% up from the previous month’s estimate. RSA dryland hectares are up by 319% mainly due to the availability of cotton stripper harvester
technology which was successfully demonstrated under the Cotton Cluster. About 73 358 lint bales are estimated to be produced from RSA grown seed cotton, up 45% from the previous season. The balance of 2000 lint bales relates to expected Swaziland produced cotton to be ginned by the Swaziland gin.
|Latest Cotton Situation for SA|
|As at the end of the 2016/17 marketing season (31 March 2017) there were 60 tons of seed cotton (Swaziland) and no cotton lint in stock at cotton ginners. No cotton lint was produced by ginners in March and none was sold. Cotton spinners consumed 2103 tons of cotton lint in March whilst 2823 tons were in stock at the end of March 2017. Local cotton mill use for the 2016/17 marketing season was more or less unchanged from the 2015/16 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.