What You Should Know About African Cotton- Fashtracker
Cotton performs an essential function in the African economy, mainly in the sub-Saharan region. It is both an extensive export crop as well as a fiber considerably used in the domestic fabric industry and is prime to farmers’ livelihoods and country revenue.
African Cotton is grown during the dry season because sunshine and a humid atmosphere are important to its blossoming. In Africa, cotton is mostly grown by small-scale farmers however, there are few large-scale cotton farmers. The whole process takes about six months before it's harvested.
Africa represents 5.8% of world cotton manufacturing and more than 9% of the world's cotton exports. Cotton is one of the maximum essential fund avenues on the continent. In other words, Africa produces about 2.5 million tonnes of cottonseed annually.
Mali is Africa’s cotton power producer, She produces 700,000 thousand tons of cotton per annum. This has brought tremendous traction to Mali’s economy and Africa's economy at large.
The African cotton industry is still a growing sector because of some challenges that it's facing. Some of these challenges are;
- Pest Infestation: There is a limited solution being provided because of how inherently destructive these pests are, however, it's still the most prevailing challenge to cotton production in Africa.
- Low soil fertility
- Low literacy and lack of proper training in cotton production
- Inefficient seed storage mechanism
A better part of these challenges can be curbed if the creative body in Africa or leaders put a little more intentionality into getting the best out of cotton economically.