Depending on the continent and climate zone, natural fibers grow all year round. The dependence on local and global weather influences changes the quality and quantity of the fibers at the time of harvest or during and after cleaning and processing.
Geopolitical or regional events are other factors affecting the availability of natural fibers. In the case of statistical evaluations, it must be taken into account that some regional harvest periods also take place at the turn of the year.
World natural fibre production in 2023 is estimated at 31.4 million metric tons, down approximately 600,000 tons from 2022. Natural fibre production has not increased in the last two decades because yields (kilograms per hectare) have stagnated.
Based on updated data from FAO for agave fibres, other fibre crops, flax, hemp, kapok and ramie, estimates of natural fibre production in 2020, 2021 and 2022 have been revised downward in the past month.
Estimates for cotton published by the United States Department of Agriculture are used in DNFI tables. The International Wool Textile Organization provides information for wool. Data from the Philippines for 2023 are used to estimate world abaca production. Reports of jute crop conditions and harvest progress in Bangladesh and India are used to estimate jute production, and comments by industry observers influence the estimate of flax fibre production. Estimates of 2023 production of other fibres are trend extrapolations.
Excerpt from the 9 page report February 2024:
…. Abaca production in the Philippines dropped 15% in 2023 compared with …. World cotton production in 2023 was estimated in January by USDA at 24.6 million …. For 2023-24, the Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee estimates …. World silk production rose from approximately 160,000 tonnes per year between 2010 and 2014 to 202,000 tonnes in 2015 and then fell to 86,000 tonnes by 2021. The preliminary estimate of silk production in 2022 is …. The value of world natural fibre production at the farm level reached nearly $ …. the British Fleece Wool Price Indicator of broad wool prices rose 3% in …. The Eastern Market Indicator of prices for merino wool in Australia fell …. Prices of silk (grade 3A; Denier 20/22D; regain 11%) in China were quoted at US$ ….
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The DNFI World Natural Fibre Update is provided by: Dr. Terry Townsend, DNFI Statistics and Data Analysis Expert.