Monday, May 22, 2006

European Union subsidising cotton production

Dear Mr Khalid Mahmood MP,

I am writing to regard to the European Union subsidising cotton production.

The European Union along with its trading competitors the China and the United States of America subsidise cotton production which leads to over production and dumping, this causes falls in the real cotton prices which in turn improvises and livelihoods and erodes economies in the developing world where approximately two-thirds of the worlds cotton production takes place.

The economies of some of the worlds poorest countries are dependent upon cotton, but the prices that farmers in the developing countries receive for their high quality cotton is driven down due to the price of cotton subsidised by China, the European Union and the United States of America.

I would like you to call on the European Union to end the subsidising of cotton production and I would like to ask you to ask the British Prime Minister to use his “special relationship” with the President of the United States of America to get them to do the same.

I very much appreciate you taking the time to read this and do hope that you will act to ensure that cotton farmers in the developing world are allowed to trade their cotton on real free markets.

Your sincerely,
Adam Nazir Ahmed Teladia


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