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Mali lowers 2019/20 cotton crop forecast to 691,300 tonnes

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Mali’s cotton harvest for 2019/2020 will likely amount to around 691,300 tonnes, around 14% less than earlier forecast, state-owned Malian Company for Textile Development (CMDT) said on Friday, citing preliminary figures.

Mali’s cotton season runs from April to March in two phases: production between May/June and September/October, and a harvesting and marketing phase that runs from October/November to the end of March.

Last season Mali produced 656,564 tonnes of cotton.

(Reporting by Tiemoko Diallo; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Alison Williams)

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