Cotton production in Mozambique set to rise by 15 pct this year

9 March 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 9 March – Cotton production in Mozambique is set to rise by 15 percent this year, a source from the National Cotton Institute told Macauhub in Maputo, adding that the number of producers was also expected to drop by 15 percent.

The drop in the number of producers was due, the source said, to cotton currently being sold at uncompetitive prices as compared to other cash crops such a tobacco or sunflowers.

Because of the reduction in producers, cotton production areas are expected to fall by 3.5 percent. In 2010 this crop occupied an area of 165,248 hectares.

The source also told Macauhub that growth in cotton production would be due to innovation, based on the introduction of new production techniques, integrated pest management and the agricultural mechanisation programme to replace animal-driven methods.

Production this year is expected to total 70,200 tons. (macauhub)