Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Cotton shortage may jeopardize AGOA
Cotton shortage may jeopardize AGOA
17
Jan '11
Kenyan textile sector for long has been reaping the benefits from a major trade pact with the American Government, but now this seems to be under severe threat, as the cotton processors in Kenya are apprehending severe cotton shortage in the country.

While the official statistics portray a rise in the Kenya's overall cotton production over the past few years, the cotton ginners in the country are talking about the severe shortage of the commodity.

This situation is thus, raising serious apprehensions regarding the country's ability to draw gains from phase four of the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), which requires that the signatory nations should gain self reliance in terms of sourcing of raw materials by September 2012.

Textile constitutes around 50 percent of the Kenya's total exports to the US under the AGOA. Under the AGOA initiative, Kenya enjoys favourable tax treatment for exports of around 6,000 diverse products to the US markets. However, the country presently exports not more than 20 items.

The official figures by the US authorities reveal that, there has been a rise in Kenya's cotton production from 23,000 bales in 2009 to 49,000 bales in 2010, but then the local industry stakeholders have declared these figures as dubious, as they claim the data to be misrepresented.

Kenya on an average has 350,000 hectares of land which is apt for cotton cultivation which receives rain water, while cultivation is possible on another 35,000 hectares through irrigation. Thus, while combining the rain-fed area and the area under irrigation, the country bears a potential to produce around 300,000 metric tonnes of seed cotton during each season.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 28th Mar 2017

India may impose duty on elastomeric filament yarn

The Government of India is likely to impose anti-dumping duty on...

Courtesy: Lee Cooper

Apparel/Garments | On 28th Mar 2017

CCI clears FLFL proposal to divest Lee Cooper

The Competition Commission (CCI) of India has approved the proposal...

Textiles | On 28th Mar 2017

Bardoli CEFC to benefit south Gujarat MSMEs

India’s first common engineering facility centre (CEFC) at Bardoli,...

Interviews View All

Arvind Saraf
Triveni Sarees

e-Commerce is still evolving fast with constant flux and surprises

DK Sharma
Velocity Apparelz

We constantly communicate with employees at all levels

Janak Dhamanwala & Sunil Dhamanwala
Jansun

Moving towards sustainability is also a social change

Kerem Durdag
Biovation II LLC

Kerem Durdag, CEO, Biovation II LLC, provides an insight into future...

Iago Castro Asensio
RCfil Distribuciones S.L.

Iago Castro Asensio, International Business Manager of RCfil...

Silke Brand-Kirsch
Schlegel und Partner

Silke Brand-Kirsch, executive partner of Schlegel und Partner, a leading...

Prathyusha Garimella
Prathyusha Garimella

Hyderabad-based designer <b>Prathyusha Garimella</b> is known for blending ...

Karan Arora
Karan Arora

Bridal couture created with rich Indian heritage, exquisite craftsmanship...

Sonam & Paras Modi
SVA

Sonam and Paras Modi's Sva Couture is synonymous with head-turning...

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
March 2017

March 2017

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

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


eNEWS
Insights
Subscribe today and get the latest News update in your mail box.
Advanced Search