In South Africa cotton was planted in the Western Cape as early as 1690. Cotton is now grown in five main regions; Kwa-Zulu Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and North-West Provinces. Better Cotton is grown in the subtropical highlands of the Loskop area, at the West of the KwaZulu-Natal province. The first harvest of Better Cotton took place in the 2016-17 season.
Who grows Better Cotton?
In the 2017-18 cotton season, 1,163 licensed BCI Farmers in South Africa produced 11,000 metric tonnes of Better Cotton lint on 14,000 hectares.
Who are BCI’s Implementing Partners in South Africa?
Cotton SA is BCI’s Implementing Partner in South Africa.
When is cotton grown in South Africa?
Cotton is planted during October and harvested at the beginning of the winter season, from April to July, when temperatures can drop below freezing point on winter evenings.