Senegal: Cotton and Products Annual
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Marketing year (MY) 2021/22 (August to July) area for Mali, Burkina Faso, and Senegal is expected to rebound 77 percent to 1.3 million HA compared to the previous year. Malian area is forecast to increase 324 percent due to the cessation a cotton producer boycott that drove planted area down to 165,000 HA in MY 2020/21. MY 2021/22 production is estimated to increase 87 percent to 2.31 million bales assuming Malian farmers will resume cultivating cotton after a season-long boycott, good rainfall, and low pest pressure. Even though ginning and collection activities are still ongoing, official contacts estimate MY 2020/21 area and production levels in Mali, Burkina Faso and Senegal decreased 44 percent and 45 percent from the previous year to 739,000 HA and 1.24 million bales respectively, mostly due to significant decreases in Mali’s area and production numbers. MY 2021/22 total exports are estimated at 2.26 million bales on expectations of higher demand and international market prices.