Since the fall of many cotton ginneries like KICOMI (Kisumu Cotton Milling Industry), economic development have slaggerred behind in Nyanza. This has really affected the living standards of dwellers of Nyanza region especially Kisumu residents.
To bring back the lost glory, the Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA) is constructing a cotton ginnery and oil press factory in Kisumu county as an economic strategy of bringing back to life the collapsed cotton industry in Nyanza.
The ginnery project will involve the acquisition and installation of a cotton ginning machine with a capacity to process up to 3,780 tonnes of cotton per year.
The LBDA has also distributed several cotton seeds through cotton cooperative societies in areas like Seme, Kobura, Nyando, Muhoroni and Nyakach in a fresh bid to woe more farmers to invest in cotton farming.
This great move by the authority comes amid Kisumu County renewed plans to revive cotton farming and marketing to entice farmers who had abandoned the crop following the collapse of ginneries in Nyanza, many years ago. The ginneries had collapsed mainly due to introduction of second-hand clothes which are commonly known as "Mitumba"
The construction of the cotton ginneries comes as Rift Valley Textile (Rivatex) sets up a factory at Boya in Nyando sub-county and targets to create employment opportunities for over 3000 people. The new cotton ginning industry is being built on a 2.5 acre public land plot at the Jua Kali area along Kisumu Nairobi highway. The project will consume a total of about KSh 700 million.
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