The Kenyan Government proposes to use around Sh 1.8 billion for revival of the domestic textile industry, which is struggling to withstand the competition from second-hand clothing.
The sum, obtained from the World Bank as a loan, would be utilized to enhance cotton cultivation, revival of ginneries, and for increasing the value proposition of the textile industry, which is utilizing only 30 percent of its capacity at present.
Inaugurating the Textiles and Leather Institute in Thika, Karanja Kibicho, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industrialisation, said second-hand clothing trade is the main reason behind dumping of inferior quality products in Kenya.
He said the once flourishing textile industry in Kenya has collapsed due to the second-hand clothing trade.
Hence, the Government intends to soon launch an awareness campaign “Buy Kenya, Build Kenya”, to patronize the use of domestic products, he added.
Fibre2fashion News Desk - India