Tim North (ICA President) and Bill Kingdon (ICA Managing Director) made a recent visit to Brazil to visit regional producers, ginners and laboratories in Mato Grosso and Bahia and attend the Brazilian Cotton Exporters (ANEA) Conference. They met with many ICA members and future members.
Tim and Bill delivered a keynote presentation on the ICA and International Safe Trading. Tim also participated in a Women in Cotton panel session which explored how the cotton community can better promote diversity in leadership positions. In Mato Grosso they were hosted by Fabiana Furlan (ICA Director for Brazil) from Scheffer Group, exploring improved production techniques and ‘regenerative cotton’. In Bahia the harvest, and ginning, are already underway.
Speaking after the trip, Bill said; “This was the first ICA visit to Brazil since 2018. Already a major international cotton exporter, Brazil may soon be competing for top spot. It is great to see at first hand the progress that is being made here and to meet the many innovators who are leading the cotton industry in Brazil.”