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Mozambique plans value-addition to its cotton exports
Jul '11
As a part of its policy for revival of the textile industry, the Government aims to set up three new cotton ginning mills in Manica and Sofala provinces in Central Mozambique and Inhambane in the South.

National Director of Industry, Sidonio dos Santos said that as a part of the strategy, new investments for the ginning segment are planned at Beira in Sofala province, at Guru in Manica province, and in Inhambane.

He said that Mozambique lacks facilities for spinning and weaving, and it is a challenge to add value to its cotton exports. He added that earnings from export of cotton fibre remain five to six times higher than those from export of same quantity of raw cotton.

Mr. Santos underscored that the Government's textile policy was a comprehensive one that “covered everything from cotton cultivation to ginning, spinning and weaving, to the manufacture of clothing.”

He said that the idea behind the strategy is to realize “vertical integration” of the cotton, textile and garment industries through enhancing cotton output, developing better business and marketing atmosphere and by ensuring power supply to these industries. This is the only way to persuade higher number of investors to invest in this sector.

Mozambique had a flourishing textile sector during 1970s, but majority of the big, labour intensive textile units closed down during 1980s and 1990s, rendering thousands of people jobless.

The present textile policy aims to revitalise the existing units by making them operational, setting up specialised units and generating employment opportunities for around 100,000 people by 2012.

At present, 18 ginning units in the country are operational, while another nine got damaged during the destabilisation war or are not operational, according to the statistics of the Mozambique Cotton Institute.

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