West Africa: 2014 Cotton and Products Update
MY 2014/15 (Aug/July) rainy season started normally in May for most selected countries but a long pause during June and July could reduce countries’ initial targets. However, Post believes that this MY 2014/15 seed cotton production is likely to grow 16 percent (1.8 million tons) as Mali intends to increase production 36 percent and produce 600,000 tons, followed by Burkina Faso and Chad (10 percent), and Cote d'Ivoire (8 percent). Senegal revised its initial target which is expected to stabilize.Post confirmed seed cotton production for MY 2013/14 at 1.6 million tons. Farm gate and input (fertilizer and urea) prices have been announced for most countries. Generally, farm gate prices decreased compared to the preceding year.