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Kenya: Govt to Address Problems in Cotton Sector

Tuesday, 20 February 2007

Source: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

The government will address problems in the textile industry to make it a viable business. Trade and industry permanent secretary David Nalo says low pricing to farmers, lack of transparency by ginners and cheap cotton from neighboring countries are the problems faced by the sector.

Speaking at cotton and textile industry stakeholders' conference held at a Nairobi hotel, Nalo encouraged weavers and spinners to form an association to root-out monopolistic tendencies that benefit the ginners while exploiting the farmers to improve the marketing system.

He said the links between the cotton farmers; processors and the Export Processing Zones need to be strengthened for Kenya to fully take advantage of market opening like the African Growth and Opportunity Act - AGOA for the United States market.

Nalo called on players within the industry to effect value-addition at all points to enhance competitiveness of the cotton-textile industry.

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