Why FG should revive cotton farming in Nigeria – KADCCIMA

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The Kaduna State Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA) says growing cotton farming is step one of reviving the nation’s textile firms.

The Director-General of KADCCIMA, Alhaji Usman Saulawa stated this when the management of the chamber paid a courtesy call on the Management of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

The courtesy call was part of the chamber’s strategy to garner publicity for the upcoming 40th Kaduna International Trade Fair scheduled to commence from March 28 to April 7.

The delegation was welcomed by the Managing Director of NAN, Mr Bayo Onanuga, the Editor-in-Chief, Mr Idris Abdulrahman and different members of the NAN administration group.

Saulawa stated that within the 1960s, Nigeria was at the verge of changing into an African giant in textile manufacturing, with about 2 million cotton farmers within the nation’s producing belt.

Why FG should revive cotton farming in Nigeria – KADCCIMA
Why FG should revive cotton farming in Nigeria – KADCCIMA

He recalled when the Kaduna State Chamber of Commerce used to give about 40 “Letters of Origin” to cotton growers who export their produce.

However, he stated that unfavourable governmy policies and cost fluctuations of finished products within the late 1990s dramatically affected the fortune of the textile trade, to the extent that textile mills started to close down.

He additionally recalled that in Kaduna state, hundreds of individuals working at these textile firms were thrown out of their jobs, whereas cotton farmers, left with little patronage, deserted the commerce and moved to different merchandise.

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Saulawa praised the new initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to put restrictions on the importation of textile items into the nation.

He stated that such plan would result in the revival of cotton farming and garment manufacturing the same way it has positively impacted rice production within the nation.

Saulawa predicted that the identical would occur within the cotton, textile and garment sector if cotton farmers are empowered with adequate funding and high quality seeds.

“So for us at KADCCIMA, it’s a wonderful initiative. I do know those that are importing this stuff are not going to be comfortable, however, we consider that sacrifices have to be made.

Also, the President of KADCCIMA, Dr Muheeba Dankaka, stated that with the new initiative, domestic textile producers will have the ability to compete favorably with overseas producers.

“With time you’ll find out that overseas cloth like laces, hollandaise, and so forth will grow to be costlier and the domestic ones would become cheaper.

“This will result in improved patronage of locally produced textile identical to what occurred with rice,” she stated.

Available CBN statistics indicate that over 4 billion {dollars} is spent yearly on imported and different ready-made clothes, whereas lots of the nation’s textile and clothes factories are dying.

This led to the current determination of the CBN so as to add all types of textile supplies on the checklist of things restricted from accessing foreign exchange at the official rate of N306.95. (NAN)


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