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Cotton : current situation, major issues, and recent international discussions (English)

The current cotton situation is summarized and major problems confronting the world cotton economy are examined. The world cotton economy has been facing two major problems in the last few years: a declining growth rate of world cotton consumption and a tendency for world cotton production to outstrip world cotton consumption. In order for world cotton growth in the next few years to match the 2 to 2.5 percent per annum experienced in the last 10 years, cotton will have to retain its current market share and regain the share lost to polyester in 1968. This improvement will depend on the future price relationship between cotton and polyester, the development of improved durable press finishes for cotton, and promotion. It is concluded that, despite some encouraging elements in cotton research and promotion, man-made fibers continue to threaten the future of the world cotton market.


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    VARON, B.

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    Cotton : current situation, major issues, and recent international discussions

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Cotton : current situation, major issues, and recent international discussions (English). Staff working paper ; no. SWP 48 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.