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Kenyan, Tanzania & Uganda miss cotton output targets

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Jan '11
Recently released data shows that, although Kenya's cotton production for 2010 has grown by almost more than two times the production of previous year, still, it failed to achieve the target proposed by the Cotton Development Authority.

According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) data, the country by registering a 113 percent rise, harvested 49,000 cotton bales this year as just over 23,000 bales last year.

Though this stands out to be a third highest production in past 30 years, next to 62,000 bales in 1979 and the 60,000 bales in 1984, but then it failed to achieve the target of 58,000 bales proposed by the Cotton Development Authority for the year.

This rising production certainly helped the country to reduce its reliance on imports to 72.8 percent of its overall requirement, down from 88.7 percent during last year.

An expert here said that, several campaigns helped to boost cotton cultivation during the year, and the same has started materializing now.

Cotton lint prices in the international markets have gone up to Sh302.40 that is $3.78 per kg, this year, which makes a cotton lint bale to cost around Sh54, 432.

As revealed by the USDA report, whereas Tanzania with an output of just 300,000 bales lacked to meet even half the production projected for 2010, Uganda's production too witnessed a shortfall of 30 percent at 140,000 bales.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


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