By admin       2018-01-05

05 Jan '18 - Talks are under way between textile firms from China, Turkey and Brazil and the Kenyan Government to roll out investments to set up value addition hubs in the latter’s cotton industry, according to the Kenyan agriculture ministry. Members of the Kenya Chinese Chamber of Commerce are, for instance, expected to set up textile factories to boost value addition. Chamber vice chairman William Zhuo said its members are familiarising themselves with the industry value chain and are building partnerships with other actors such as the learning institutions. Brazil is working on logistics to start producing high-yielding cotton varieties in Kisumu and Homa Bay counties, besides training and initiating classification laboratories, according to interim head of Kenya’s Fibre Crops Directorate Anthony Muriithi. Turkish firm HoneyDeco is also reportedly planning to build factories and introduce high-yielding seed varieties in Kenya. The firm has carried out a test on the new seeds, which have since been presented to the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service for registration, according to a report in an African business daily. (DS)

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