Chinese experts have been consulted by the Kaduna state government to provide measures and advice on how to awaken the textile industry in Kaduna state. The invitation of experts is to ensure productive investment that would improve the economy of the state.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai welcomed the team of Chinese experts to the state at the government house yesterday and he disclosed that the textile industry of Kaduna needed to be revamped because of the economic development that the industry would bring to the state. Also, the cotton farmers, manufacturers and people of Kaduna state would enjoy a higher standard of living because of the improved economy.
Mrs. Shuying Wang, the team leader of the Chinese experts said that her team was in Kaduna to help Nigeria in all the cotton value chain so that the economy of the country can be improved and sustained. She also informed that it is her belief that Nigeria has the potential to be a global destination of quality cotton.
The Kaduna State Agricultural Development Agency also explained that the Chinese experts would help revive the cultivation of cotton in the state as this was the foundation on which the textile industry is built. The general manager of the agency, Sabi’u Sani Isyaku explained that the low production of cotton in the state caused the deterioration of the textile industry.
“We discovered that there are issues at different levels of production, beginning with the farmers. When they cannot produce the tonnes of cotton needed, the manufacturing industries will not have enough cotton to work with and that will lead to importation, which is quite expensive,” he said.
“So, one of the things we are doing is to get high return seedlings. The more the farmers are able to produce, the better for everyone along the value chain. And for the textile companies to have viable production, it is important to have improved cotton seedlings, and that is why we enjoin our farmers to use improved seedlings and mechanization to improve their production from about two tonnes per hectare to about five tonnes per hectare. If we are able to produce, we will be exporting to other countries including China,” he concluded.