Grow Cotton, There Is a Huge Demand Locally – Oguna Tells Youth, Women

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The youth in the country have been called upon to engage actively in agricultural activities, especially cotton farming in order to complement the growing demand for raw materials.

Speaking during a maiden visit to Rivatex East Africa, the government spokesperson Col. Rtd Cyrus Oguna said there is a need to encourage women and youth in order to focus on active farming instead of focusing on employment.

Youths form a big percent of the country’s population but most of them are unemployed, jobs are available through farming especially cotton where the market is guaranteed and they will be empowered,” said Oguna.

Col. Oguna with local National Government Officers when he arrived at Rivatex on June 21, 2022.

The spokesperson was categorical that the youths are in a good position to generate cotton through increased acreage which is an important raw material to most textile industries.

There is an opportunity for everyone who wants to venture into cotton farming. We have enough land in the country and we need to ensure that have a consistent supply of raw materials for our industries. Rivatex is a model enterprise of the government and we are proud of the steps taken to revive the facility,” he added.

Col. Oguna further affirmed the government’s commitment to ensuring RIVATEX remains operational, hinting at the possibility of coming up with a policy that will see all school uniforms done locally.

Currently, Rivatex is engaging farmers spread in 22 counties for the growing of cotton and has been supporting them through the provision of seeds and pesticides as an incentive.

This is in a bid to increase local cotton production and reduce over-reliance on imports.

RIVATEX General Manager Patrick Nyaga says the pilot Bt-cotton farming had yielded good results, and encouraged farmers to embrace it.

Nyaga also noted that despite an increase in acreage of farms under cotton in the country from 33,193 acres to 148 acres, they still rely on imports.

Quantities produced locally are not sufficient to run Rivatex as a factory, given we are not the only factory consuming cotton. The county imports around 49 billion in terms of apparel used at EPZ,” he said.

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