Addressing cotton farmers from Malindi in Kilifi County who had toured the firm today, Tejal said her company had to venture into more innovative manufacturing technologies to streamline production and improve on quality. Their sentiments were echoed by their Meru counterparts who said they have been pushing for the County government of Meru to pass a motion and adopt cotton as their cash crop saying by doing so will encourage many farmers as the market was assured.
Thika Cloths Mills CEO Tejal Dodhia said the government’s continued support to the local cotton manufacturing industries has pushed farmers to embrace cotton farming and eased supplies to their firms. As demand for fine cotton in the country rises and the “Buy Kenya, Build Kenya” initiative takes shape, textile industries are investing heavily in new machinery and technology thus opening doors to improved quality, enhanced profits and competitiveness in the global market.
One of those companies is Thika cloths Mill, a major textile industry in the country which is reaping big from increased cotton supplies after entering into agreement with farmers to buy all their produce. Her company has in the past few years helped farmers grow the crop, after coming up with vigorous cotton reviving campaigns and distributing free seeds and pesticides amongst other farm inputs. Mwangemi who led the farmers from Malindi and Kilifi said cotton farming had given them hope as they barely receive good maize harvests due to poor rains in their counties. They appealed to the Kilifi County government to support them saying cotton farmers have been neglected in the region. Original Link:https://www.kenyanews.go.ke/investing-in-technology-key-in-quality-cotton-production/