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Uganda sisal (Agave sisalana) is one of the earliest natural sources of fiber that has grown for centuries across the globe. The crop’s domestication took place in the south of Mexico from where it spread to other exotic corners of the world. In Africa, the yarn-making plant thrives naturally in mostly the drier parts of the continent. Though not as well cultivated in Uganda as it is in the drier climate of neighboring Ethiopia, it still thrives well in the northern districts of the country. Ugandans produce twines from the plant that they traditionally weave with other fibers to make a tough rope. This twine can tie anything from bales of clothes to commercial carton packages.
We source Uganda sisal from the northern parts of the country. Though the wild plant still enjoys cultivation lull, family growers have begun to embrace it as a secondary source of income. They grow it in little patches of land of about 0.5 hectares. This makes it possible to manage the fields using no more than farmyard manure for soil enrichment. We also ensure that our sources do not spray their crops with unauthorized chemicals to maintain high-quality output.
We harvest Uganda sisal by hand means. Our well-trained workers go to the plant and cut the leaves one by one at a maximum 5 centimeters off the meeting place with the round growing bole. We also ensure that we spare some of the inner vines so that they will shoot for the next season’s harvest. We then transport the leaves to the sorting shed and then to the mill for fiber-extraction.
Before the extraction of the fibers, we wash the leaves of the plant in clean, pure water. We then brush off any of the remaining dirt. This is followed by a curing process that exposes the clean vines to the sun or artificial heat. After they have dried, we then sort them into bundles for processing.
We extract Uganda sisal from its vines through decortication. This is a stage where we move the vines to the crushing equipment. These machines feature knives that slice off the outer layers and leave out only the fibers within. The frayed fabric is usually a minor proportion of the entire vine so that the rest of the waste goes to make biofuel and other by-products.
We then take the frayed leaves to the washing plant where we clean the fibers thoroughly. This is to make sure that there are no dirt marks that may have occurred during the previous extraction process. After this, we pass the frayed parts to the drying shed where they get either plenty of sun or artificial heat. If its still moist, we continue the drying time a little longer. Finally, we bale the fresh twines ready for exporting.
We pack Uganda sisal into packages known as hemps or bales. They consist of several processed twines or fibers that we arrange into lengthwise bundles of several fibers apiece. They measure at least 60 centimeters and a maximum 1 meter long unless they are oversize.
We store the processed sisal into a cool, dry place in readiness for export via the international airport in Entebbe. We make sure that the produce arrives at the airport on the same day the hemps are milled to ensure an expeditious delivery to your city.
Thus, if you would like to avail one of the most important fabrics from the East Africa region, you now have Uganda sisal from us to count on. We source our sisal from family growers who grow them under Global Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). This stipulates fibers that have undergone tending and harvesting as if they were food crops. Regarding quantity, we maintain your specific tonnage right from the packing to the shipping stage. The prices are also kept among the lowest in the regional market. You can therefore start by making an order today!
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