Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Kenya to revive cotton farming with mechanisations
Kenya to revive cotton farming with mechanisations
10
Mar '17
The government of Kenya is looking to increase the production of the cotton crop, which is currently at around 10.4 per cent of the country's potential. The government will provide support to cotton farmers along with better cotton varieties, irrigation projects and transparent pricing to help surpass 1984's annual production of 70,000 bales of lint cotton.

Kenya's cotton production per hectare is lesser than the average around the world owing to higher input cost and little mechanisation, according to the agricultural ministry of the country. The average yield of the country per hectare is 572 kg as compared to the world's average of 726 kg.

Out of the 384,500 hectares of rain-fed and irrigated land meant for cotton farming, only 10.4 per cent is brought under irrigation, said Willy Bett, agriculture cabinet secretary in a speech that was read by Johnson Irungu, the ministry's director of crop management, at the Africa Cotton Association's 15th annual conference in Nairobi.

He said that mechanisms to increase cotton yield such as training, subsidised seeds as well as local and international partnerships for a better business environment have also been planned for Kenya's cotton farmers. New irrigation methods will also be introduced by the ministry to cultivate 100,000 hectares by 2021.

Moreover, three new varieties of cotton seeds that can resist termites have also been certified by the ministry. Bett also said that the government will take the assistance of researchers to provide advice on seeds that produce good quality cotton.

The production potential of cotton from the 384,500 hectares of land is close to 368,000 bales of lint cotton per year if market distortions are eliminated and policies are strengthened, Anthony Muriithi, interim head of Fibre Crops Directorate, said at the conference.

Muriithi also said that the current production of 40,000 bales is inadequate to meet the growing demand in the international market. (KD)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


Must ReadView All

Courtesy: Trinity Kubassek from Pexels

Textiles | On 19th Aug 2018

Australian wool production to fall 5.7% in 2018-19

Shorn wool production in Australia is likely to fall by 5.7 per cent...

Courtesy: Next Level Apparel

Apparel/Garments | On 19th Aug 2018

Blue Point Capital recapitalises Next Level Apparel

Blue Point Capital Partners has recapitalised Next Level Apparel, a...

Retailers approaching 100% inventory accuracy: Study

Apparel/Garments | On 19th Aug 2018

Retailers approaching 100% inventory accuracy: Study

With computer vision use cases maturing, Artificial Intelligence (AI) ...

Interviews View All

Top executives
Textile industry

Knowledge sharing platform needed for sustainable water management

Top executives
Fashion houses, India

With technology, it has become easier to ensure IPR

Karin Ekberg
Leadership & Sustainability

Sustainable models are beneficial for brands, retailers and manufacturers

Sugandha Bhardwaj

<div>New Delhi-based Brinjal Designs Pvt Ltd manufactures home furnishing...

Sham Shah

Shamal and Shamal Pvt Ltd is into manufacturing and sales of textile...

Umang Banthia

Established in 2005, SL Banthia Textiles manufactures coated fabrics....

Ashok Desai
Bombay Textile Research Association

Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) is a leading name in textile...

Kai Poehler
Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG

The glass mat industry is growing by five to eight per cent annually. Kai...

S Ziya Gumuser
Teknomelt

Turkish nonwoven manufacturer Teknomelt has been around for only seven...

Igor Chapurin
Chapurin

"Now we can see the Russian trend in international fashion. And Russian...

Divvya and Nidhhi Gambhir
Walnut

<b>Divvya and Nidhhi Gambhir</b> started their career with the launch of...

Karan Arora
Karan Arora

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

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

Leave your Comments


August 2018

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

news category


Related Categories:

Advanced Search