September 26, 2003
Lack of wool is frustrating efforts to revive a textile firm in Eldoret, Kenya.
Indian company Rupa Textile Mills, formally known as Raymond Woolen Mills, needs a daily supply of 20,000 kgs of wool to operate at full throttle. According to Mr. Shah, the factory?s engineering director, this Eastern African mill is currently receiving only 500 kgs.
Cabinet ministers are calling on farmers to rear more sheep to enable the factory to operate at full capacity. They are also encouraging farmers to improve their sheep breeding and form a cooperative society that could sell their wool to the factory.
Cabinet minister Ndwiga said the factory, which was once voted the best woolen mill in the world, should be given the necessary support so it can employ more people. The factory currently has 800 workers, but can employ up to 4,000 when operating at full capacity. If the mill becomes fully operational, it will be the biggest manufacturer of wool products in east and central Africa.
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