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Japan shows keen interest to buy Nevis cotton

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Jan '07
Cayman Island Government believes that cotton can emerge as a major source of income for the country.

Cotton cultivation in Nevis was adversely affected by high cost and meager work force and slowly deteriorated, over past several years.

However, recognizing the growing export market, agriculture department urged the farmers to revive this fuzzy fibre industry.

Dr Kelvin Daly, Director of Agriculture, informed, “We will be producing cotton strictly for the export market. The wholesalers who came to us are the largest users of sea island cotton in the world. Co-operative West Indian Sea Island Cotton Japan Project visited us and they met with the Minister of Agriculture Hon. Roberto Hector, the Permanent Secretary Pearlivan Wilkin, the Deputy Director Mr Keithley Amory and myself and their interest is quite vast. They are looking for any quantity of a container load. So we are looking to produce at least 100,000 pounds of lint,” he said.

Government is rapidly taking steps and 30 acres of land at Indian Castle has already been allotted for this project. Another 30 acres, most probably at New River, will be cleared.


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