Kaduna State, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has invited Chinese experts in a bid to revamp the moribund textile industries in the state.
El-Rufai said this while receiving the team at Sir Kashim Ibrahim house on Wednesday.
According to the governor, “The aim of the collaboration is to ensure productive investment that can increase the economic chances of the state especially now that there is decrease in federal allocation.”
“The need to revamp the industries became necessary because of the impact the development would have along the value chain, thereby improving the living standard of the people in the state including cotton farmers.”
General Manager, Kaduna State Agricultural Development Agency (KADA), Sabi’u Sani Isyaku said, “We discovered that there are issues at different levels of production beginning with the farmers and when they cannot produce the tons of cotton needed, the manufacturing industries will not have enough cotton to work with and that will lead to importation which is quite expensive.”
“So one of the things we are doing is to get high return seedling, the more the farmers are able to produce the better for everyone along the value chain.”
He noted that, “For the textile companies to have a viable production, there is the need to have improved cotton seedling and that is why we enjoined our farmers to use improved seedling and mechanization to improve their production from about two tons per hectre to about five tons per hecter. If we are able to produce, we will be exporting to other countries including China.”
Earlier, leader of the Chinese experts and Chairman, Genliduo Bio-tech Co., Ltd, Mrs. Shuping Wang said, the team is in Nigeria to assist the country in all the cotton value chain for improved and sustainable economy adding that, the country has the potential to be global destination of quality cotton.
Genliduo Bio-tech Co., Ltd specialises in organic-inorganic compound fertiliser, microbial organic fertiliser, water soluble fertiliser, microbial agent and mineral type soil conditioner.