The contribution of cotton to agriculture

The United Nations (UN) established October 7 as a day to recognise cotton’s contribution to agriculture and the global economy.

Cotton contributes significantly to the creation of job opportunities for people all over the world, as well as to the overall health of the global population. According to the UN report, cotton production benefits hundreds of millions of farmers in 80 countries.

Women are the primary beneficiaries, and they also play an important role in the production of various cotton products. Many developing countries with limited financial resources heavily rely on cotton production.

According to a UN report, cotton production in the world generates $50 billion. Cotton plays an important role in the global economy, trade, and efforts to combat hunger in many households around the world.

Climate change, plant diseases, and insects are among the many challenges confronting global cotton production.

Boubaker Ben Belhassen, the Director of Trade and Markets at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization spoke about the important day. “The goal is to try to recognise the contribution of cotton to the health of billions of people around the world,” explained Belhassen.

Ecuador leads the world in the number of women who grow cotton for a living, allowing them to educate their children and build their homes.

Cotton is used to make the majority of the clothing that people wear around the world, and it is also used in health products.

Brazil is a world leader in the production of high-quality cotton. Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Haiti, Paraguay, and Peru are among the cotton-producing countries, though their quality does not reach Brazil.

Pakistan was the first country in the world to produce cotton in the 1400s, and cotton production in the United States began after Christopher Columbus’ visit.

Cotton was first planted in Africa in the Western Cape in Cape Town in 1690. A man from the Adams family in Cape Town brought a cotton plant to this area, increasing cotton production, and cotton was planted in Pietermaritzburg in 1846.

Cotton production, which is planted on 38,000 hectares of land, generates 5,500 jobs. Cotton SA, South Africa’s cotton association, is in charge of cotton production, cultivation, and cotton farmer education.