Latest statistics show that during the first half of 2004 mohair tops exports from South Africa to China increased by 132 per cent and totalled around 440,450 kg.

During the same period Taiwanese processors also increased their purchasing of South African scoured mohair by l7 per cent and tops purchasing by 36 per cent.

Such an upsurge in demand could well affect future prices since there has been no obvious increase in production which remains virtually static at around the two million kg mark. 

Growers are already talking in terms of an increase in the overall value of their crop to 38 million rand from a previous level of just 80 million.

By Sonia Roberts.