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Present capacity utilisation in the Nigerian textile manufacturing industry stand at 30%

The Director General of Raw Materials and Research Development Council (RMRDC), Hussaini Ibrahim has described the sharp nose-diving of the fortunes of the textile industry despite its status in the Nigerian manufacturing industry.

He said the present capacity utilisation in the textile manufacturing industry at 30 per cent, which cannot stand the test of competition from China as at today.

While pledging that the Federal Government would revive the industry, he told members of the National Cotton Association of Nigeria (NCAN) that the recent donation of cotton seeds to farmers at no cost by the government is an evidence of government’s commitment to turnaround the moribund sector.

According to him, “The Nigerian textile industry, which accounted for about 25 per cent of the manufacturing value added in the 1970s to the 1990s, has passed through various phases of growth”.

He noted that in a bid to catalyse the revival of the textile industry in the country, RMRDC has presented 20 tonnes of improved cotton seeds to farmers nationwide.

The Head of Agriculture and Agro-allied Department, RMRDC, Dr. Gabriel Awolehin, said the 20 tonnes of seeds could cover 716 hectares of cotton farms.