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Thu, 08 Jun 2017 11:19 - Updated Wed, 07 Jun 2017 21:16

Malanje regains major cotton producing province status

Malanje - One hundred hectares of land have been prepared in the municipality of Kunda-dia-Base to kick start the forthcoming cotton season in Malanje province.

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This is under an joint initiative between the Government of Malanje province and the Ministry of Agriculture, intended to support the Quituxe Cooperative in Kunda-dia-Base. 
 

To this end, the Provincial Department has received five tons of cotton seed and 10 tons of fertilizers from the Ministry of Agriculture.

The five tons of cotton seed and the ten of fertilizers arrive to cover a cultivation area of 200 hectares.

According to the provincial director of Agriculture, Carlos Chipoia, in addition to the peasants' cooperative, some companies that have expressed an interest in investing in cotton growing are calling for an area of 100,000 hectares each for large-scale production.

In the colonial period, cotton production was traditionally made in the Baixa de Cassanje region, but there is now a possibility of implementing a cotton growing project in the municipality of Cacuso.

A study is being undertaken for the implementation of 10,000 hectares in the latter municipality (Cacuso).

Main cotton producing countries

According to the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), which operates as a forum for the development of policies and solutions to strengthen the cotton value chain, India was the largest producer of cotton in the 2014/2015, surpassing China in the world ranking, with a production of 6.8 million tons.

The organisation said that Indian production surpassed China by more than 300,000 tons, consolidating its  largest cotton producer status.

According to ICAC, Indian cotton farmers set aside 12.3 million hectares for the production of this crop, an increase of 5% over the previous harvest.

The United States, followed by Pakistan, Brazil, and Uzbekistan, are soon to follow. The four countries together are responsible for harvesting more than eight million tons of cotton.

For the 2016/2017 season, ICAC projects a world production of 22.45 million tons against 21.19 million in the 2015/2016 period, for a consumption of 23.81 million and 23.85 million tons for the two seasons, respectively.

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