Nigeria urged to implement sectoral policies on cotton, textiles and garments
Stakeholders gathered at a one-day seminar in Abuja to discuss the CTG policy. They stressed the need to increase cotton production, the capacity of ginning mills and textile companies in the country, according to a Nigerian newspaper report.
The event was coordinated with the help of the German cooperation agency Deutsche Zusammennarbett, the European Union (EU) and the Nigerian Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.
Stakeholders in the Nigerian cotton, textile and garment sector have recently urged the government to implement the industry roadmap policy, which they say is key to reviving the sector. The chairman of the National Cotton Association of Nigeria, Achimugwu Anibe, said the implementation of the policy will also improve relations among various stakeholders.
Other key stakeholders are the Cotton Production Merchant Association of Nigeria (COPMAN), the Nigeria Textile Manufacturers Association (NTMA) and Cotton Ginners (GAMAN).
Last year, the Central Bank of Nigeria announced its intention to resuscitate the sector. The plan is to enable the country to achieve self-sufficiency in cotton production and create employment, while improving the skills of Nigerians throughout the cotton production value chain.
Nigeria had nearly 52 ginneries in the past, but only 21 are operational today.
As a result, only 100 tonnes of cotton are ginned per year instead of a potential 600 tonnes, Anibe added.
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