Textile millers and spinners of Bangladesh think that the ongoing conflict in Sudan will not have much of an impact on Bangladesh’s cotton import from the African country (Sudan) as there are available alternative sources within Africa.
According to media report citing industry insiders, besides Sudan, other West African countries like Lesotho, Benin and Chad are vital sources of cotton for importers in Bangladesh.
According to data from the Bangladesh Cotton Mills Association (BTMA), in fiscal year 2019-20, African countries provided 37.3% of Bangladesh’s total cotton requirement even as this percentage has now gone up to more than 40%.
Speaking to the media, Mansoor Ahmed, CEO of the BTMA, said that of the total import of cotton from African countries, Sudan may be a source for 5%-6% and since other sources like Benin and other West African nations are also sending cotton to Bangladesh, the local traders will not face any crisis.
Moreover, the ongoing conflict in Sudan will not have any impact on the sourcing of cotton.
It may be mentioned here Sudan is currently in turmoil, especially in the capital Khartoum where armed clashes are on between the powerful paramilitary group Rapid Support Forces and the military.