Production to Outpace Consumption Despite Extreme Weather Events and Pest Infestations


For Immediate Release 
Date Posted: 15 December 2022
Executive Summary
Highlights from the December 2022 Cotton This Month include:

  • The 2022/23 global cotton crop has already suffered major losses due to droughts, flooding and pest infestations
  • Despite those issues, consumption is still expected to be lower than production by more than 1.2 million tonnes, at 23 million and 24.2 million tonnes, respectively
  • The Secretariat’s current price forecast ranges from 97.9 cents to 151.5 cents, with a midpoint at 115 cents per pound 

Production to Outpace Consumption Despite Extreme Weather Events and Pest Infestations
It’s safe to say the 2022/23 season has gotten off to a difficult start for the cotton industry. On the production side, both the USA and Pakistan were devastated by drought and flooding, respectively, while West Africa faced a severe infestation of jassids. All caused severe damage to the crops.
On the consumption side, fears of a recession still have governments scrambling to control inflation, while the decline in employment in the retail, transportation and warehousing sectors are cause for concern, especially as so many other industries are hiring again.

Currently, the ICAC projects global production at 24.27 million tonnes and consumption at 23 million tonnes.

The Secretariats current price forecast of the season-average A index for 2022/23 ranges from 97.9 cents to 151.5 cents, with a midpoint at 115 cents per pound.
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Please contact the author, ICAC Data Scientist Matthew Looney, with questions on this report.

About the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)
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. In addition, members can take advantage of the ICAC’s global network of cotton researchers, whose expertise covers the supply chain from farm to textile manufacturing, and have free access to its cutting-edge technologies like the voice-based app and virtual technology cotton training programme. Committed to ensuring cotton’s continued sustainability, the ICAC is the only intergovernmental commodity body covering cotton that is recognised by the United Nations. For more information, please visit www.icac.orgTwitter or LinkedIn