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About five dozen Zambian cotton farmers, ginners, oil crushers and government officials have drafted an action plan to boost the production of cotton by-products, such as briquettes and pellets for fuel made from cotton stalks, and women's sanitary p made with cotton linters, the fuzz left after the cotton ginning process. The government and cotton value chain representatives, meeting in Lusaka last week for a three-day UNCTAD workshop, said that cotton by-products represent an important means to improve incomes in the sector and help lessen the economy's dependence on copper, which on 5 December suffered its worst one-day price decline on global markets in almost three years.
But incopper prices plunged and the economy stalled. This means that Zambia's per capita growth last year was actually negative So the government has resolved to diversify Zambia's economy by prioritizing agriculture - including cotton by-products - a labour-intensive sector that could provide employment in the country's rural areas, where poverty is even more rampant.
The adage "One man's trash is another man's treasure" could describe the growing demand for cotton by-products, such as the stalks of the plant, which are currently burnt in the field, or the waste fibres from the ginning process. Fuzzy seed, for example, can be pressed into cottonseed oil, which is used for cooking or making cosmetics and soap.
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Linters can be processed into sanitary p, medical supplies and polishing cloths. And cotton stalks can be used to make everything from paper, to biomass fuel, to compost.
According to a cotton industry website, "by-products are in everything from ice cream to wall paper, from hot dog casings to baseballs - not to mention lots of things we use at home, like cotton swabs, wipes, and even disposable diapers. This is especially true for cotton lint, which faces stiff competition from man-made fibers, and the price-dampening effect of the billions of dollars in support that main cotton-producing countries pay to their farmers.
As a result, cotton production in Zambia has remained volatile in the two decades since the sector was liberalized in the s, reaching a modern low of 37, metric tonnes MT inbefore spiking to a record high ofMT in The following years, annual production averaged aroundMT but fell to just over 55, MT in the growing season. Likewise, cotton's importance in the national economy has dropped from its peak of 1.
Zambian cotton is grown primarily by smallholder farmers. So the sector could be an effective tool for tackling the country's prevailing poverty - especially in rural areas - which actually worsened during the copper boom years. What's more, because the different parts of the cotton plant can be processed into finished products - soap from cottonseed, for example - the by-products sector can act as a basis for a of value-added activities that can create new jobs and income streams for farmers, and new business opportunities for investors.
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For example, no value added activities exist for cotton stalks, the main by-product in volume terms. This is because the Cotton Act requires farmers to destroy the stalks to prevent the spread of pests.
But many of the cotton farmers at the workshop, as well as the general public and even many government officials, are unaware of the economic potential of cotton by-products. Nkole was among the representatives from the cotton value chain who took part in the workshop.
The project aims specifically to fill the data and policy gaps that hold back the cotton by-products sector. Workshop participants agreed to a draft national action plan for cotton by-products, which aims to:. Develop a new industry to cotton by-product sanitary p for Zambian women and girls, who often can't afford the imported products.
Limited access to sanitary p means that girls frequently miss school and women are hampered in their daily activities, both at work and at home. Develop a new value chain for cotton stalks. The action plan recommends starting with a pilot supply chain to convert stalks into pellets and briquettes for heating, as well as compost.
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Both schemes will rely on imported technologies from India, until Zambia is capable of producing the necessary equipment domestically. Transferring such technology is also a policy priority.
The next steps of the project include submitting the action plan for government approval, then implementing the pilot projects for sanitary p and pellets and briquettes, and drafting investment profiles for these new activities, to attract investors from Zambia and abroad. Connect with us. Cotton farmers and government officials agree to promote the production of by-products like sanitary p and biomass fuels, to create jobs and diversify the copper-dependent economy.