The Kenyan government is planning to spend over KES 200M to support cotton Farmers countrywide in a bid to increase production in the textile industry. This is according the permanent secretary in the ministry of industrialization Dr. Juma Mukhwana.
As reported by The Horizon News, the Permanent Secretary said that the government has in the past three years invested KES 5B in the Rivatex Textile Mill. He however noted that there has been lack of cotton and other support structures like ginneries.
" I urge cotton Farmers in Western, Nyanza and Eastern parts of the country to support Rivatex to go back to profitable textile manufacturing and export," said Dr. Mukhwana.
Dr. Mukhwana with Rivatex Chairperson, Board of Directors Linus Gitahi and Managing Director Thomas Kipkurgat.
The PS said that Kenya is exporting quota and duty free textiles to the United States of America but has not been able to meet the market demands. This he said was discovered when he recently made a trip to the USA alongside President William Ruto where the latter lobbied the Kenyan Government and The Congress to extend AGOA for another ten years.
The PS has encouraged Kenyans to invest heavily in cotton farming, ginning, weaving and spinning to support the sector and consequently make profitable earnings from it.
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