Now is the time to revive textile industry

Workers in a textile company. File photo

What you need to know:

  • Uganda Prisons has been mandated by government to begin growing cotton on a large scale.
  • We stand as a country to remain slaves to rich countries and depend on them for life.

Time has come for Uganda to do whatever it takes to develop her own strong and vibrant textile and clothing industry using our excellent cotton which is being exported 96 per cent and above in raw form. What we are not doing right as a cotton growing country is to continue giving away millions of jobs to outsiders by not adding value to our very good cotton.
If the government was serious and implemented the National Textile Policy by creating the National Textile and Clothing Development Authority, this country would be creating 5,000 jobs every year across the value chain i.e. from growing cotton to garment manufacture for school uniforms, bedsheets for internal consumption and exports, etc.
Because this country has not seriously implemented the National Textile Policy, textile firms like African Textile MILL in Mbale, Lira Spinning Mill, Mulco Textiles in Jinja, Rayon Textiles in Kawempe etc, have closed and yet the policy had measures and plans to revive these key industries in this country.

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