Senegal: Cotton and Products Update
Mali, Burkina Faso, and Senegal area harvested for marketing year (MY) 2023/24 is forecast to remain the same as the previous year at 1.23 million hectares (MHA) based on good farm gate prices, governments’ input subsidies, and farmers’ debt cancellation by the Malian and Senegalese governments. MY 2023/24 production is projected to jump 34 percent to 2.08 million bales on improved pest management against jassid infestations and assuming average weather conditions. MY 2023/24 exports are forecast up 34 percent to 2.03 million bales on the expectation of greater supply and demand. MY 2023/24 stocks are forecast eight percent lower at 275,000 bales, year-over-year. MY 2022/23 area and production are estimated at 1.23 MHA and 1.55 million bales, respectively, representing an 8 percent and 37 percent drop from the previous year, due mainly to jassid infestations and insecurity in Burkina Faso that limited access to farms and prevented the distribution of inputs.