Nigerian RMRDC distributes cotton seeds to farmers to revive cotton farming and India puts up a textile training centre
RMRDC, the Raw Materials Research and Development Council to revive cotton farming and textile industry in Nigeria distributed over 10 tonnes of improved cotton seeds to farmers in two years. This year, they gave 4.3 tonnes of seeds of cotton comprising Samaru 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 varieties to the farmers in the four cotton growing zones, namely:North West, North East, North Central, South West, said Dr Gabriel G. Awolehin, Chairman, Cotton Strategic Committee, RMRDC. India is to set up a textiles training centre, the first ever of that kind in Nigeria
Speaking at this year’s seed presentation ceremony recently held 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 that 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 650000 hectares available for cotton farming, only a third is currently being exploited to produce 300000 tonnes of cotton by an estimated 250000 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 Director General RMRDC noted.
In an address, the Niger state Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Alh. Aliyu Abdullahi, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Alh. Mahammadu D. Ibrahim, pointed out that seeds are the foundation of agricultural development anywhere in the world, because yield from the farm depends largely on the quality of the seed planted. He advised the farmers on the use of best improved cultural and agronomic practices in order to produce tangible yield of the crop.
The Institute has successfully bred six varieties of cotton with three SAMCOT 8, 9, and 10 being medium staple and suitable for northern growing zones, while SAMCOT 11, 12, and 13 are long staple and suitable for southern growing zone and irrigated conditions.
IAR has also developed agronomic, soil and crop protection practices for successful production of the crop to achieve high yields and good economic returns.
India is to set up a textiles training centre, the first ever of that kind in Nigeria
India has set up an apparel training centre in Nigeria, first of its kind centre in Nigeria set up in partnership with the government of Nigeria to support skill development in the textiles sector of the West African nation, said the Indian Commerce Ministry.
The centre is established in the city of Kaduna under the Cotton Technical Assistance Programme for Africa being implemented by India’s Department of Commerce, was inaugurated on June 22, 2016
The centre is aimed to support and catalyze the initiative of Nigeria in realizing the objectives to rebuild the cotton and textile value chain and address the need for skilled workforce for domestic as well as export-oriented apparel industry in the West African region.
Currently, there are over 100 Indian companies present in Nigeria, mainly in the textile, telecom, IT, hydrocarbons, electrical equipment, pharmaceuticals, plastics and automotive sectors.
Africa’s biggest oil producer Nigeria is a major source of India’s crude imports. India-Nigeria bilateral trade was valued at over USD 12 billion in 2015-16.