Evaluation of the effect of a particular planting date on production, fibre quality and colour of cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) cultivars produced in South Africa
The cotton planting window for sowing becomes very narrow for optimal yield and fibre qualities. Finding the most suitable cultivar for a particular planting date can help to widen the window period for sowing. Obtaining a vigorous stand is the first step for profitable cotton production. Soil temperature is one of the most important factors […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
What is the difference between sustainable, traceable and organic cotton? Or is it all the same? Read further and find out. Sustainability is defined “as finding the balance between profitability, protecting the environment and being socially responsible”. According to the United Nations, sustainability in the cotton industry means the ability to produce cotton today without […]Read More
Cotton South Africa’s Services
We provide 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 SA Programmes
We run various programmes designed to promote and develop the cotton industry in South Africa. Our flagship is the Smallholder Farmers programme, designed specifically to support smallholder farmers. 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...
Smallholder 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.