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Call to grow more cotton

Ms Doris Kessie, the National Chairperson for Textiles, Garment and Leather Industries at the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), has called for more efforts to be made to encourage the youth to grow more cotton.

“It’s time to train the youth and farmers to produce high-quality cotton on a larger scale to feed the textile factories and for export”, she said adding that the northern parts of the country is a cotton-producing centre as the environment is favourable for its production.

Ms Kessie was speaking with the Ghana News Agency after a tour the Akosombo Industrial Company Limited (AICL) and the Volta Star Textiles limited at Juapong. The sector Chairperson was accompanied by Ms Sharon Boccoh, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vashty Garments, Mr Yaw Barimah, CEO of Barimah Shoes and officials of AGI of the Eastern and Volta Regional Branch.

The two-day tour formed part of a familiarization visit to the Eastern and Volta regions to engage with garment, textile and leather manufacturers who are members of the AGI. She expressed worry about the serious crises facing the industry and called for governmental assistance to sustain the sector to help address unemployment in the country. Ms Kessie commended the two facilities for their hard work despite the challenges and praised them for the quality of fabrics they produce.

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