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Selina Wamucii provides high quality Kenya cotton to the local and export markets. We source the raw fresh Kenya cotton from family growers in the country.
Kenya cotton is one of the essential crops for the country’s once vibrant textile industry. The nation has a production potential of 260,000 tons but on average it produces around 38000 metric tons. Smallholder farmers account for 85 percent of cotton farming activities in the nation. They produce enough for both fiber and cottonseed oil processing.
Cotton first grew in Kenya in 1906 courtesy of early settlers under the British Cotton Growers Association. The first ginning plants were set up along the Coast in Malindi and on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kisumu. Today, the main growing areas are distributed across Nyanza, the Coast, Eastern, Rift Valley and Central regions. The Western region has the biggest production levels.
We source Kenya cotton from farmers in Bura, Busia, Kirinyaga, Malindi, Kerio Valley and Kitui, among other counties. Our family growers own the national average of 0.5 to 1 hectares. Their yields are around 400 to 600 kilograms per hectare. We only interact with sources that practice Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) as they rarely use harmful pesticides. The farmers also rely on organic manure to keep their cotton fields fertile.
We harvest Kenya cotton by hand-picking means. Our well-trained workers use spindles to tip off the fibers enclosing the seeds from the bolls surrounding them. The boll-free bales then go to the store for sorting. After this the bales weighing thousands of kilograms are usually ready for ginning.
We deliver the harvested Kenya cotton to the gin for the removal of the seeds from the lint. We begin by cleaning the fibers which are at this time free of the bolls. We stuff them into tubes that operate under vacuum pressure. These transfer the fibers to the drier. After optimal drying, the fibers go on to the chaff remover. This device does away with remaining debris, dirt and broken stalks.
The now lightweight frayed bales of Kenya cotton then go to the separator machine. The separator extracts seeds and other non-yarn stuff. The fibers move through the saw edge of the separator that keeps them straight and pure. Alternatively, we use a roller that pulls down the fibers downwards and prevents the seeds from mixing with the long fibers, now ready for collecting.
We pack Kenya cotton after ginning. We only go for long, straight fibers which make strong fabrics free of fraying. We pack the product in bales that weigh 500 pounds at a go. On each bale we attach labels of the net weight, the country of origin and the packing date.
We store Kenya cotton temporarily in our cool, dry warehouse. We transport the cargo to the airport in Nairobi at once through our special trucks. It takes just a day or two for the dispatch to reach your destination.
Indeed, you should choose Kenya cotton as it grows under the optimal irrigated conditions in the lowlands of Western Kenya and the Coast. The crop thrives at the ideal temperatures of 18 to 30 degrees Celsius which much of Kenya’s countryside supports. Our farmers also maintain quality by maintaining good drainage and deep, fertilized soils. They also farm under responsible agriculture or G.A.P terms. On our part, we keep your quantity exact by sourcing the produce early enough. Besides, our prices are among the lowest in the market. Make an order today!
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