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Cotton output to grow 18% in Africa - ACA

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The African Cotton Association (ACA) recently announced that raw cotton production would grow by around 18 percent in Africa in the next cotton season (2010-2011), mainly due to increased usage of Bt cotton seeds.

ACA recently held its 8th Annual Congress at Yaounde in Cameroon on March 11-13, which witnessed participation of around 83 delegates drawn from 18 African countries.

As per the forecast of ACA, raw cotton production will touch 1.17 million tons from amongst the 16 main producers in the African continent in the next cotton season, up from just around one million tons, expected in the current season.

Experts at the meeting blamed huge subsidies given to US cotton farmers as the main reason for drop in cotton output, which has fallen by nearly 50 percent in the last five years and which pushed down prices in the previous years.

Amongst the key issues which were deliberated at the meeting include the indicators of production, the present and perspective situation, cultivation and diversity, biotechnologies and injustice in the international market.

The African Cotton Association (ACA) was created in Cotonou, Benin in September 2002 in order to assist and protect the African cotton industries and its farmers and also facilitates the experience sharing between African cotton companies on agronomical, industrial and commercial issues.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


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