- China to participate in BRI; strengthen cooperation in cotton industry.
- China plans to reduce reliance on imported cotton from the United States and Australia.
- Cotton production in Central Asia covers nearly 2 million hectares.
- China will focus on introducing the cotton cultivation technology to Uzbekistan.
A senior academic with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences mentioned that China will be participating in the Belt and Road Initiative during the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25). China aims to strengthen cooperation in the cotton industry and other countries to reduce reliance on imported cotton from the United States and Australia.
According to Li Fuguang, head of the academy’s Institute of Cotton Research, Central Asia’s great potential in cotton production will help meet import demand of 2 million metric tons based on China’s clothing textile needs and cotton production.
In Central Asia, cotton production covers nearly 2 million hectares. China in the following five years plans to focus on introducing the cotton cultivation technology to Uzbekistan, and keep advancing it in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
It also plans to boost efforts to realize the modernization of the cotton industry by upgrading systems and innovating key technologies.
Li mentioned that China will develop environment-friendly and sustainable cotton planting technology to improve productivity and benefits, increase farmers’ incomes and contribute to rural vitalization.
Lastly, the China Cotton Industry Alliance, which is a nonprofit organization led by the institute, will play a major role in improving cotton quality and integrating the entire industry chain.