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Nigeria’s Funtua mill expansion to revive cotton farming

Farmers in the Funtua area of Nigeria’s Katsina state are happy over a joint plan by the state and central governments to convert the Funtua textile mill into an integrated textile and garment park (ITGP).

The state last week announced its commitment to partner with the federal ministry of industry, trade and investment to convert the mill into an ITGP.

The announcement came at a meeting between Katsina state deputy governor Alhaji Mannir Yakubu and officials of the federal ministry of industry, trade and investment, according to senior special assistant to the deputy governor on press affairs Ibrahim Musa.


The state government has provided land for the project and it has committed to providing more land if required.

But rice, soybeans, sorghum and maize were the crops that reportedly dominated farmlands in the Funtua zone with only a few farming cotton.

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Funtua Textile Mill is a textile mill based in Nigeria established in 1978, the mill runs a variety of services comprising ginnery, spinning, weaving and finishing facilities engaged in the production of bed sheets, pillow cases and polyester/cotton blended goods.

Located in Funtua, this integrated plant is equipped with the latest technology manufacturing a range of polyester fibre products.

One unique feature of this plant is its capability of producing fabrics of up to 110 inches in width for sheeting and bedding products and local apparel of extra width. The mill is headed by Malam Ismaila Isa and is located in the northern part of Nigeria, Kastina state precisely.

The textile mill is one of the oldest and most recognized textile mills in the country, with over 39 years of experience and a work force of over a 1000 staff.

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