The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) is pleased to announce that Sudan has rejoined the organisation, becoming its 29th Member and 12th Member in Africa.
While the ICAC is always thrilled to welcome back former Members, the reunion with Sudan is an especially happy moment because the North African nation was one of the original countries that joined the ICAC when it was first formed back in 1939.
The country’s cotton industry made great strides between the 2018/19 season and the 2019/20 season. Although the planted area remained unchanged at 180,000 hectares (ha), yields jumped nearly 25%, from 578 kg/ha to 722 kg/ha. The result was overall production increasing from 104,000 tonnes to 130,000 tonnes in a single year.
‘We have been working tirelessly with Sudan to enable them to rejoin the ICAC and after one year of continuous effort by all parties we have achieved it’, said Kai Hughes, ICAC Executive Director. ‘I am grateful to everyone who made it happen and we are delighted to be once again in a position where we can help and advise their cotton and textile industry. The ICAC has developed a number of innovative projects over the last few years that would greatly benefit Sudan and we look forward to working with them again’.
Formed in 1939, the ICAC is an association of cotton producing, consuming and trading countries. It acts as a catalyst for change by helping member countries maintain a healthy world cotton economy; provides transparency to the world cotton market by serving as a clearinghouse for technical information on cotton production; and serves as a forum for discussing cotton issues of international significance. The ICAC does not have a role in setting market prices or in intervening in market mechanisms.