Ethiopia earns 2.2 million dollars thanks to cotton


The Ministry of Agriculture announced profits of 2.2 million US dollars with 800 tons of cotton produced in the last nine months. While this shows potential, researchers warn that Ethiopia uses only a fraction of its land suitable for cotton cultivation.

Officials prioritize low-lying areas such as Gewane, Metema and Humera for cotton cultivation. Ambitious plans for the Gambella and Benishangul Gumuz regions faced setbacks due to financial and security constraints.

Despite planting 81,000 hectares of the planned 105,000 hectares, Ethiopia achieved 80% of its cotton production target, with a yield of 1.5 million quintals. However, Samson Asefa, CEO of Cotton Development, highlights the huge untapped potential. Ethiopia has approximately 3 million hectares ideal for cotton cultivation, which significantly exceeds current production.

To address this gap, a 15-year national cotton development strategy is underway. Inspired by international best practices, the strategy focuses on modernizing marketing systems, maintaining quality and integrating advanced technologies. Ethiopia currently operates 28 raw cotton ginning factories.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

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