Agriculture Ministry of Egypt Hamed Abdel-Dayem recently said that production of their silky soft cotton once known as ‘white cotton’ should rise to 1.4 mn qintar (160 kg) in the 2017-18 fiscal year that started in July from 700,000 qintar a year earlier. The government aims to increase the price of the long staple cotton to more than 3000 Egyptian pounds ($168.07) per qintar, which will all be exported. Production of the cotton, used in luxury bedding, has fallen sharply since 2011, a year of political upheaval that coincided with looser regulations that degraded the quality of local cotton. Egypt’s sunny skies and superior seed help it grow cotton known for unusually long fibres that produce a light durable fabric with an attractive sheen and soft touch.