Mozambique: Specialists debate future of cotton in Maputo

16 February 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 16 Feb – The future of cotton in Mozambique is the theme of a meeting that on 4 And 5 March will bring together in Maputo around 100 specialists, both from Mozambique and abroad, according to the director of the Mozambican Cotton Institute (IAM).

Norberto Mahalambe said that the meeting aimed at deep discussion of the problems of the cotton sub-sector, which in Mozambique involves thousands of rural families, and production for the current agricultural year is projected at 80,000 tonnes of raw cotton.

Mahalambe told Mozambican news agency AIM that the meeting was part of a group of events that the IAM had scheduled for 2009, which was declared the International Year of Natural Fibres by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

The launch of the commemorative activities took place on 22 January, in Rome, Italy.

The other events planned in Mozambique include the annual technical meeting of the sub-sector, in April, the meeting to set minimum prices for raw cotton and the review meeting in October, as well as National Cotton Day, in November.

Amongst the natural fibres, cotton is the most important, accounting for 20 of the around 30 million tonnes of natural fibres produced globally each year, the remainder including sisal, wool and others.

Since the 1960s, the use of synthetic fibres has increased and natural fibres have been losing market share.«

The main aim of the International Year of Natural Fibres is to increase their value and raise awareness amongst consumers. (macauhub)