China is biggest importer of cotton produced in Mozambique

11 February 2014

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)