Government to construct Ksh 100M ginnery in Lamu

Cotton farmers set to benefit from Ksh 200M ginnery

The government plans to put up a 100 million shillings ginnery in Lamu County as part of a cotton farming revival plan. 

Lamu County Governor Fahim Twaha says the plant to be set up in the Sinambio area is expected to have a capacity to process 20,000 metric tonnes of cotton fiber annually. 

Lamu is one of the largest cotton growing counties in Kenya with an estimated 3,000 metric tonnes of cotton produced annually.

Cotton farming in Kenya has been on a downward spiral since the late 1990, when the country produced more than 38,000 metric tonnes. 

However due to proliferation of second hand clothes cotton production has plunged to an all time low of 3495 last year. 

Cotton farming is a vision 2030 project that seeks to increase production to more than 50000 metric tonnes by the year 2030. 

The government has already approved GMO seeds to help in cultivation of the crop.

Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization says plans are underway to train more farmers in the country to increase production.

KARLO has been training farmers on modern cotton farming techniques to increase yields. 

Farmers in the county are urging the government to establish soil analytical laboratories in the county to help in accessing high yielding cotton seeds tolerant to pests and diseases.

Joseph Migwi, a farmer in the County says its high time the government established a ginnery in Lamu as this will boost the farmers morale in cotton production.

Apart from Sinambio, other cotton-growing areas in Lamu are Uziwa, Tewe, Hongwe, Mpeketoni, Witu, Hindi, Baharini, and Witemere in Lamu West.

The county government has procured 4.5 metric tonnes of the seeds this year, to be distributed to more than 10,000 cotton farmers in the county.

 

  

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