Indian firm to invest in cotton cultivation in Rufiji

KIBAHA: COAST Regional Commissioner Mr Abubakar Kunenge has launched cotton farming project in Rufiji District, which will be implemented by Rufiji Cotton Company Limited from India.

Speaking at the public meeting at Chumbi village in Rufiji District recently, RC Kunenge congratulated the investors for their decision to invest in cotton farming in the district, adding that he had no doubt with the project since the company has vast experience in that area.

He went on to say that historically, cotton was cultivated for the first time in the country in Rufiji District in 1964.

“This district has long history in cotton farming. The government is appreciating what you are doing and is ready to provide any support you need,” he said.

Through the project, large number of youth are going to get direct and indirect employments, the government will get income through tax collections and the residents will get knowledge on cotton farming.

Director General for Rufiji Cotton Company Limited Hassan Kinje said that the company has employed 24 extension officers who will be providing education to the cotton farmers.

He further said that that the company is planning to build a cotton factory as well as a textile factory through which residents will be able to get direct and indirect employments.

For his part, ambassador of cotton crop in the country Aggrey Mwanri congratulated President Samia Suluhu Hassan for her efforts to attract investors in the country including those in the cotton field.

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