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As Attention Turns to Food Security and Quality, China’s Cotton Production Will Decline One Year After the US Banned it From Xinjiang

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China has decreased cotton production in its Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region one year after a US import ban went into effect, and a major decline in output is anticipated this year as a result of food security and quality initiatives.

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The Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region of China is forecast to produce 5.57 million tons less cotton in 2023 than it did in 2018, as a result of food security and quality initiatives.

According to analysts and farmers, China, which contributes over 20% of the world’s cotton, primarily from the western region of Xinjiang, may see a decline in production of more than 10% as it prioritizes food security and quality over quantity and clears space for crops.

The region’s products are being sent to nations that are a part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative as a result of a boycott sponsored by the US due to allegations of forced labor.

Climate shocks during the previous few months are also thought to have contributed to decreased yields in the region.

Over the past two decades, China has become more dependent on food imports for their food security and quality, raising fears among policymakers who fear that disruptions to the food supply chains could lead to domestic unrest.

The Uygur Forced Labor Prevention Act of the US, which took effect in June 2022, virtually forbade the importation of any goods affecting food security and quality, in whole or in part, from Xinjiang.

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In response to concerns about food security and quality, China is increasingly emphasizing cotton quality above quantity while simultaneously making space for crops.

Chinese people’s more sophisticated dietary requirements, driven by a burgeoning middle class of city dwellers seeking safer, more varied, and higher food security and quality, have been a major contributing cause.

Demand for imports has surged in part due to worries about food security and quality.

A statement from Beijing Cotton Outlook Consulting that since the government has been committed to the high-quality development of the cotton sector for years, there has been a improvement in the last year as other crops have taken over fields once thought to be unsuitable for the growing of cotton.

In an effort to prioritize planting structure and raise food security and quality, the vast Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps’ edict from July stated that 16 of its divisions would discontinue producing cotton by the end of the year.

High food security and quality is a very important concern addressed by countries’ leaders in order to battle problems such as hunger, shortages, and low access to healthy diet.

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