Uzbekistan: Cotton and Products Update
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The marketing year (MY) 2022/23 total cotton production area for Uzbekistan is forecast as 980,000 hectares (ha) and the cotton production is estimated as 675,000 metric tons (MT) (3.10 million bales). Post forecasts MY 2022/23 consumption of cotton to be about 653,000 MT (3 million bales) for MY 2022/23. The longstanding forced labor cotton harvesting issue was adequately solved in the perception of international NGOs. On March 01, 2022, the International Labor Organization (ILO) declared that “Uzbek cotton is free from systemic child labor and forced labor”.