Farmers in Kitui County have been encouraged to engage in cotton farming as an economic activity.
Speaking to journalists on Friday, Kitui Ginneries Operations Manager, Mary Mwinzi said cotton is one of the bestselling cash crops in the country.
She said cotton was also drought resilient, unlike maize and beans and can generate income amongst farmers in the arid county.
“I urge Kitui residents to shift to cotton farming because there is a ready market for the produce,” affirmed Mrs. Mwinzi, adding that there was high demand for it, both locally and globally.
She further noted that farmers are guaranteed of good pay upon harvest and delivery.
“Farmers should also take advantage of free distribution of seedlings by the State, to embark on bulk production of cotton to boost their income,” she appealed.
Cotton has a wide range of products, including lint, biodiesel, washing detergent and animal feed, among others, said Mwinzi.
By Kiamah Wamutitu/Tom Waita