Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / CMIA conference discusses Tanzanian cotton industry
CMIA conference discusses Tanzanian cotton industry
28
Oct '13
The seventh Cotton Made in Africa (CMIA) conference held under the Competitive African Cotton Initiative (COMPACI) in northern Tanzanian city of Arusha discussed the current situation of the Tanzanian cotton industry, Daily News Tanzania reported.
 
Speaking at the conference, Yamungu Kayandabila, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives said low investment, poor value addition and lack of extension services attributable to limited number of agricultural experts have hampered the growth of cotton sub-sector in Tanzania for the past many years.
 
Speaking on behalf of the Minister, he said with low productivity of cotton, being below one ton per acre at present, it would be difficult to achieve national target of 1.5 tons per acre by 2015.
 
Mr. Kayandabila said cotton industry is one of the key employment and income generating sectors of Tanzania, which being a source of employment for over 500,000 people, also heavily contributes to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country. However, poor extension services, lack of proper financial services and adequate credit access and also fluctuations in global cotton prices impact the domestic market. 
 
Tanzania has an estimated 400,000-500,000 acres of land under cotton cultivation, mainly characterized by high fluctuations in productivity. This is mainly because small farmers holding around 0.5-10 acres of land undertake cultivation primarily using hand hoe technique and depend on rain water for irrigation. 
 
Shinyanga, Mara, Mwanza, Singida, Kagera and Tabora are the main cotton producing regions that contribute around 95 percent of Tanzania’s total cotton production, while the rest comes from Tanga, Kilimanjaro, Morogoro and Manyara, Mr. Kayandabila said.
 
COMPACI director Roger Peltzer said CMIA aims at strengthening around 650,000 farmers across Africa in Ivory Coast, Benin, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania.
 
This would be done through helping farmers to boost their productivity and crop quality through measures like introducing good agricultural practices and diversifying production, he said.
 
The program would be launched in close association with experienced private sector countries in respective countries, to facilitate availability of enhanced credit facility, better seed inputs and know-how. Also, it would help cotton growers to brand their cotton as organic or “Cotton made in Africa” and ensure better marketing by developing a direct link with textile retailers, Mr. Peltzer added. 
 

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


Must ReadView All

Apparel/Garments | On 26th Sep 2017

US raises annual AGOA quota for textiles

The US Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has...

Textiles | On 26th Sep 2017

Gujarat hopes extended textile policy to attract Rs 5000 cr

The Gujarat government feels that its recent decision to extend its...

Apparel/Garments | On 26th Sep 2017

Cash burn by e-tailers in India may double during festivals

During this year’s festival season, which has already started,...

Interviews View All

Nishank Patel
Shri Dinesh Mills Limited

Broad range of fabrics will sell well this financial year

Anavila Misra
Anavila Collection

Fashion shows are also encouraging and highlighting sustainable fashion

Yashiki Gumber
Sahiba Fabrics

Fabric does not restrict us from fashion trends

Paolo Ocleppo
Sandvik Hyperion

Paolo Ocleppo, Rotary Cutting Segment manager, Sandvik Hyperion discusses...

Johan Berlin
InvestKonsult Sweden AB

Investkonsult Sweden AB has been buying and selling second-hand textile...

Suresh Patel
Sidwin Fabric

Sidwin Fabric is a manufacturer and exporter of polypropylene textiles and ...

Wendell Rodricks
Wendell Rodricks

"We should not compare India and the West. There are things we do that...

Silvia Venturini Fendi
Fendi s.r.l

"Yes, my confidence and positive attitude are my strengths and should be...

Robert Brunner
Devereux

Golfwear and menswear brand Devereux is set for greener pastures. Robert...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

September 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards
Sustainability?

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes
75.0%
No
12.5%
Skip
12.5%

Total Votes: 48

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes
62.5%
No
25.0%
Skip
12.5%

Total Votes: 48

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes
87.5%
No
6.3%
Skip
6.3%

Total Votes: 48

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.

Active Poll

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes
70.8%
No
10.4%
Skip
18.8%

Total Votes: 48


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search