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New cotton ginnery to come up in Kenya's Kwale county
May '18
New cotton ginnery to come up in Kenya
A cotton ginnery is going to come up at a cost of Ksh 90 million (approximately $886,000) at Kinondo village in Kwale county in Kenya. It aims to revive the country’s cotton industry by improving farming, ginning and garment production. Base Titanium Limited will construct the ginnery with the help of the Kwale Pamba Viazi (PAVI) farmers cooperative society.

The ginnery has been launched by Adan Mohamed, cabinet secretary for industry, trade and cooperatives. It will feature 6 gins with a capacity to process up to 1,800 kg of cotton per day and capable of producing about 600 kg of lint each. The unit is expected to process cotton produced by over 10,000 farmers by the end of next year.

The business centre in which the ginnery is located will also have offices, warehouses, manufacturing and distribution facilities, storage facilities, demonstration plants and more.

Base’s cotton programme has been implemented by Business for Development, and it has partnered with Cotton On, an Australian apparel company, that purchases cotton from PAVI cooperative which is meant to organise and support farmers participating in agricultural livelihood programmes, said a Kenyan broadcasting service.

Kenya has a potential to produce 700,000 bales of lint through rain-fed cotton production and close to 200,000 bales of lint through cotton grown on irrigated land, annually, as per the ministry of agriculture of the country. However, the country only produces 20,000 bales of lint every year. The number of cotton farmers in the country has also gone down from 200,000 in 1980s to 30,000 now.

Kenya imports 80 per cent of the lint for its domestic requirement while the country’s ginning machines and textile mills operate under capacity.

Replicating the Kwale ginnery in other cotton producing areas of Kenya can lead to a generation of 760,000 new jobs in the cotton value chain. (KD)

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