Mali has now emerged as the number one producer of cotton in Africa, edging Burkina Faso out of the place it held for more than a decade, according to a report from Radio France International (RFI), the French public radio service.

With 1 million 330 bales of white fiber, or 90,000 bales more than last year, [Mali] exceeds Burkina Faso, according to estimates by the US Department of Agriculture , RFI reported. Burkina Faso, however, had planted more cotton, and in larger proportions than its Malian competitor. But Burkina Faso yields have collapsed. They are the worst for 22 years: 333 kilos per hectare.

Mali used to be Africa’s number one producer of cotton until it lost the position to Burkina Faso in 2004. In 2003, Mali produced 1.2 million bales of cotton while Burkina Faso produced 956,000 bales. The tables turned the following year, with Burkina Faso producing 1.18 million bales while Mali produced 1.026 million bales. Burkina Faso maintained its position as number one cotton producer in Africa for the following 13 years, but now Mali has taken over again.

It may interest you to know that Burkina Faso is not under any economic sanctions , ECOWAS in 2021 slammed Mali and its Colonel Assimi Göita led Military government with economic sanctions stopped the country from inter State trading. AFRICAN REPORT FILES reliably reported that Mali now use neighboring Mauritania to export its cotton produce . Mauritania is not a active member of ECOWAS .

Malian cotton fiber will now transit through the Autonomous Port of Nouakchott, Mauritania

The first convoy,made up of 53 Malian heavy trucks, crossed to Mauritania Monday, February 28, 2022 through the post of Gogui, a border town with Mauritania.

It was in the presence of the Mali’s Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, accompanied by her colleague from Rural Developmentt Uhuru Kenyatta tells South Africa.