Friday, 8 July 2016

RMRDC has distributed 10 tonnes of cotton to farmers

In a bid to revive cotton farming and the textile industry in Nigeria, the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) has distributed over 10 tonnes of improved cotton seeds to farmers in two years.

"Last year, we boosted cotton production with 5.8 tonnes of seeds of cotton comprising of Samaru 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12. This year, we gave 4.3 tonnes of seeds of cotton comprising Samaru 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 varieties to the farmers in the 4 cotton growing zones, namely:North West, North East, North Central, South West," Dr Gabriel G. Awolehin, Chairman, Cotton Strategic Committee, RMRDC told Daily Trust.

Speaking at this year's seed presentation ceremony recently in Minna, the Director General, (RMRDC), Dr. Hussaini D. Ibrahim, represented by the Director, Agriculture and Agro-Allied Department (AAD), Dr. A. A. Ogunwusi, said cotton production and productivity need to change from just cultivating small hectares of land to large scale farming, so as to resuscitate the Cotton, Textile and Garment (CTG) Industry.

"With a total land covering about 650,000 hectares available for cotton farming, only a third is currently being exploited to produce 300,000 tonnes of cotton by an estimated 250,000 farmers in major cotton producing states comprising Katsina, Gombe Zamfara, Borno, Adamawa Kaduna, Niger, Oyo and Ogun. Currently production is largely unorganized, which has created a negative impact on the productivity level and fibre quality," the DG noted.

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