China and Bangladesh increased their imports of cotton produced in Mozambique by 31 percent and 22 percent, respectively in 2012, whilst Portugal’s imports fell 2 percent in quantity, Mozambique’s Cotton Institute (IAM) said.
In the period the total amount of cotton sold was 173,000 tons, of which Portugal imported just 1 percent, as compared to 3 percent in 2011, IAM said cited by Mozambican newspaper Correio da Manhã.
In Africa, which is the biggest destination for Mozambican cotton, Mauritius was the biggest importer, with 6 percent of the total, due to growth of the textile industry in the country. South Africa was previously the biggest African importer of Mozambique’s cotton.
In the 2011/12 cotton campaign Mozambique produced around 184,000 tons of seed cotton, exceeding the previous record of 144,000 tons set in 1972/73, according to Rodolfo Mahalambe, director of the Mozambican Cotton Institute.
Family-based production still dominates the cotton sub-sector in Mozambique, providing around 95 percent of total production, compared to 4 percent from the cooperative sector and 1 percent from direct commercial production. (macauhub)