Event to promote growth of Cotton in Kenya Sets off in Makueni
Cotton was once the fifth largest foreign exchange earner in Kenya but this dropped considerably in the mid to late 90’s due to cheap imports, high production costs and low profit margins. However, the Kenyan government has now considered cotton under the Vision 2030 as one of the most important industries in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) areas where counties in the former Eastern province fall. It is among the few cash crops that thrive well in ASAL regions such as Makueni, where few other economic opportunities exist. It is therefore a major potential source of employment, income generation and food security.
“Pamba day” is a day to commemorate the cotton Industry in Kenya and more particularly in Makueni County. The event will be held on September 10th 2013 at Kathonzweni Boarding Primary School play Grounds starting 9:00am. The event has been organized by Makueni Ginnery and the County government in partnership with Kenya Markets Trust (KMT) and the Cotton Development Authority (CODA).
Cotton is seen as a major platform for development in Makueni that can stimulate growth among the local wananchi to reduce poverty by creating sustainable income generation, creating employment opportunities, enhancing food security and livelihood improvement. It is on this realization that Pamba Day has been initiated as a way for ginners to encourage good practice among farmers. Pamba Day will be an annual event held in cotton growing counties just after harvest to celebrate harvest and honor best performing farmers. It is coordinated by t ginner(s) in their respective counties and CODA. It will also be a forum to bring the agribusiness community together with farmers to promote their services and products on one hand and also to interact and share lessons and experiences with farmers in regards to their products and services. During the event, the business community displays their wares in standard tents and conduct promotions for their products and services.
The event will be graced by the County Governor prof. Kivutha Kibwana and the Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Food Security, Makueni County Government.
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