Six textile and garment oriented industrial parks that Ethiopia is currently busy setting up, are expected to generate $30 billion worth of exports by 2025. The country continues its rigorous quest to build industrial parks, which is part of the initiative to make the East African nation a manufacturing hub of Africa, and a middle-income country. Read more. Source | The Exchange
The government plans to boost cotton export to $150 million by 2020, up from the current $30 million, the deputy minister of agriculture, Ms Mary Mwanjelwa, has said. Ms Mwanjelwa said that during the 2018 campaign, growers will use seeds from the UKM08 improved variety developed by Ukiriguru Research Institute. Read more. Source | The Citizen
Ministry of Industry (MoI) said that it is putting various activities in to practice in order to meet the 2025 International Buyers Binding Law/ Agreement of responsible cotton production under the compulsory sustainable cotton producing principle.
Zerihun Abebe, Director of Textile and Garment Industry Sector Study, Follow up and Support within the Ministry stated that as per to the law, the cotton cultivated within the country should be produced considering the environmental and social aspects that might cause on societies. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
Eldoret-based Rivatex Company will this month launch a multibillion-shilling modernisation using a credit line facility provided by India.
First Secretary and Head of Chancery at the Indian High Commission R. Chandramouli says Rivatex has completed putting up infrastructure where new machines are expected to be installed, paving the way for the process.Installation of the machines was delayed until some of the works at the factory are completed, Mr Chandramouli said.“The upgrade of Rivatex is expected to commence in May as everything is now in place,” he said end of last month. Read more. Source | Business Daily
Textile and Garment sector is expanding rapidly, with the number of industries more than doubling and playing huge role in boosting the country’s light industry, and in transforming the economy, according to Ministry of Industry.
Talking to The Ethiopian Herald, Zerihun Abebe, Director of Textile and Apparel Research, Monitoring and Support with Ministry of Industry, stated that the country's textile and garment sector is in an upward trajectory with the number of industries has now reached more than 200 in few years time. The trend shows that the sector is in the right journey to become the leading sector in Africa and make the country's vision of becoming continental textile hub in the coming years a reality, he added. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
The Tanzania Cotton Board (TCB) director general, Mr Marco Mtunga said at the weekend that the country expects to harvest 600 million kilogrammes (about 600,000 metric tonnes) compared to 150,000 metric tonnes produced last years. The expected bumper harvest, according to Mr Mtunga, is a result of an increase in the number of people who are engaging in the cultivation of cotton.
Cotton production is expected to rise by nearly four times this season, thanks to an increase in the number of regions preferring cultivation of the crop due to prospects of better prices. Read more. Source | The Citizen
A multi-agency taskforce has embarked on a training programme targeting local factories and small and medium enterprises in leather processing to adopt cleaner production technologies.
The taskforce includes; National Industrial Research and Development (NIRDA), Rwanda Cleaner Production Centre, Rwanda Agricultural Board, and Rwanda Standards Board. Read more. Source | New Times
Tanzania Tooku Garments Company Limited, producing clothing for the US market is set for expansion to increase production in order to meet demand in the market.
Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA) Director General Joseph Simbakalia, said in Dar es Salaam over the weekend during the tour of the students and staff from the National Defence College (NDC) the garment factory operating at the Benjamin Mkapa Special Economic Zone, Mabibo External is one of the success stories. Read more. Source | Daily News
A Mombasa-based garment factory has hired 117 machine operators underlining the potential of short-term courses in jobs generation for the youth in the export sector.
East Africa Trade Hub said the new employees were the first batch of trainees that went through an eight-week teaching at clothes factories based in Nairobi and Mombasa.
The firm plans to train 2,000 clothes-machine operators. It says “a short-term machine-specific training strategy” should be adopted to ease shortage of specialist skills in the sub-sector.This, the firm said, will help create sustainable jobs for the high number of unemployed youth across Kenya. Read more. Source | Business Daily
Ethiopia is the second most cotton producing nations in Africa in terms of more factory consumption. Since the last couple of years, Ethiopia has become an attractive and highly potential destination for cotton and textile investors.
In fact, the textile and garment manufacturing sector is one of the key industrial sectors, which is prioritized by the government and expected to contribute to the actualization of country's GTP II goals. In GTP II, the country has planned to increase cotton output from the land productivity level of 15 quintals/ha in 2015 to 28 quintals/ha in 2020. In the long-term, Ethiopia has set out to become self sufficient in lint cotton supply. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald