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|
|The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) estimates that world cotton production will reach 26.6 million tons in 2017/18 while world mill use is projected at 25.5 million tons, which represents the third consecutive season of growth in the demand for cotton. As a result, world ending cotton stocks are forecast to decrease by 2% to 18.3 million tons in 2017/18 but according to the ICAC this decline will occur within China where cotton stocks at the end of July 2018 are projected to decrease by 25% to 8 million tons. Cotton stocks held outside of China, however, are forecast by the ICAC to rise by 27% to 10.3 million tons.||Read More|
|Cotton SA Latest Crop Estimate|
|As far as the local outlook is concerned, the 5th estimate for the 2017/18 production year indicates a cotton crop of 188 247 lint bales for the RSA, an increase of 143% over the previous season and 1% up from last month’s estimate due to improved dryland yields. Dryland and irrigation hectares show increases of 68% and 170% 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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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.