China is a major buyer of paper products in Africa and the Middle East, and its new low-price cotton is attracting more attention than ever before.
In June, the Chinese government announced it was buying low-priced cotton from an African cotton producer and selling it to China’s textile industry, an unprecedented move that has sparked controversy among critics.
As the cotton is rolled out, critics question the sustainability of the textile industry’s plans to use low-quality cotton and whether it will be able to meet the growing demand.
“I think it is the worst situation of the cotton industry in Africa in terms of production,” said David Ayoub, a professor of agricultural economics at the University of East Anglia in the UK.
“We have no capacity to produce the cotton, the farmers have no way to keep the plants alive, and we are just throwing it away.”
Ayoubi said the industry’s use of low-yielding cotton in the past was largely a consequence of political interference.
“It was a situation where people would take advantage of it, like the government in Nigeria,” he said.
“There were a lot of cases where they would take these poor farmers and exploit them.
But in the end, the cotton plant in China is just a plant.” “
You can’t get a cotton plant that produces high-yields to China, but you can get high-quality ones to China.
But in the end, the cotton plant in China is just a plant.”
Cotton from the low-grade cotton that is produced by these farmers is cheaper than the higher-grade varieties and is sold in low-density markets such as supermarkets and department stores.
“These are really low-value commodities,” said Ayouba.
“They are cheaper than what we are used to buying from the US and Europe, but they are not good enough.”
Cotton that has been produced by the low level of quality is far more expensive than the high-grade variety, and is often marketed in markets such the African market, where it is sold for a higher price.
Ayoubb said that despite this, China has not been able to sell cotton at a high enough price to justify the high cost.
“The Chinese cotton industry is really going to struggle,” he explained.
“For some reason, the government doesn’t want to buy cotton from Africa.
They want to import cheap cotton from South America, from the Middle Kingdom, from countries where they are exporting cheap cotton.”
China has become increasingly reliant on low-budget, low-production, low price cotton.
China imported 1.2 million tons of low grade cotton from the United States in the second half of last year.
But this was just a fraction of the amount it imported.
As a result, China is increasingly relying on cheaper low-level cotton from countries such as Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Vietnam, and low-end quality cotton from China’s former ally, Vietnam.
A Youbb said China has also been buying low quality cotton at the same time as using it in its textile industry.
“A lot of the cheap cotton that China is buying, they are using it to produce low- quality paper bags,” he noted.
“So China is taking out a lot more of the paper than they would have bought before, and it’s really hurting the textile sector.”
A Youbb said there is a possibility that China could increase its use of cheap cotton as the textile market becomes more competitive in the future.
“In the future, it’s very likely that China will be buying low level, low quality, cheap cotton,” he told Al Jazeera.
“But I don’t think China is going to have enough cheap cotton to meet its growing need for low-wage cotton.”
Al Jazeera asked Ayoubin about the impact of China’s cotton boom on the African economy, particularly on the cotton growers and workers.
“China is really turning a blind eye to the fact that cotton production in Africa is becoming much more expensive because of the impact that the cotton boom has had on the market,” he responded.
“What I see is a lot that’s going on in the African cotton industry.
“Cotton production in the region is not that expensive anymore, and if China is doing something to increase cotton production, they would need to be able sell more cotton, because it’s not cheap anymore. “
So it would be very interesting to see what happens.” “
Cotton production in the region is not that expensive anymore, and if China is doing something to increase cotton production, they would need to be able sell more cotton, because it’s not cheap anymore.
So it would be very interesting to see what happens.”
The low-lying areas of the Niger Delta where the cotton farmers are trying to escape the cotton mills are in a poor agricultural situation, and they face severe climate changes and rising sea levels.
They are already facing a growing problem of flooding due to the rise of the sea.
“When cotton prices go up, you have farmers