The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Handicrafts, Harouna Kaboré, presented the first T-shirts, socks, and boxers made in Burkina Faso with cotton and Burkinabe thread. It was this Thursday, November 19th, 2020 during a press luncheon.
It is a bet won for the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Handicrafts. Burkinabè will be able in the coming days to wear T-shirts, tank tops, boxers, socks, etc.. entirely made in Burkina Faso, from raw material to finished product.
The specific fabric for the production of these articles is now manufactured in Burkina Faso by COTEXA located in Tanghin-Dassouri, a short distance from the Burkinabè capital. This yarn twisting and knitting unit produces the fabric from yarn of various metric numbers supplied by the Filsah Spinning Mill (FILSAH), itself obtained from the cotton fiber produced in Burkina Faso.
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Harouna Kaboré, Minister in charge of Industry said that Burkina Faso intends to reach 25% processing of its cotton
COTEXA, which has benefited from State support through the investment code, has a knitting production capacity of 2,200,000 linear meters of fabric, i.e. 189,000 meters per month. Moreover, this capacity could be increased in the coming days.
According to the Minister in charge of Industry, Harouna Kaboré, the fabrics will be available on the market at the end of the first quarter of 2021. “They allow designers, stylists, dyers and various actors in the textile industry to make T-shirts, polo shirts, underwear, socks and many other items,” said the minister.
Locally produced cotton to be used to manufacture clothes
Actors from the fashion, advertising and sports sectors who were present at the lunch made a point of expressing their satisfaction to see this type of fabric now made in Burkina Faso with locally produced cotton.
“I was brought the sample to produce the Miss’s outfit. I was amazed. I found that knitting made in Burkina Faso is something I had never seen before. I think we’ll do great things with it, because it’s something we’ve been waiting for a long time and to see it now, it proves that we can do anything with what we produce,” said Sébastien Bazémo, a Burkinabe stylist. Lazare Bansé, president of the Burkina Faso Football Federation has already ordered T-shirts for the National Union of Stallion Fans.
While indicating that the presentation of T-shirts made in Burkina is part of the dynamics of consumption of local products, the Minister of Industry was anxious to reassure all stakeholders that the production of industrial fabric from Burkinabe cotton, will evolve alongside Faso Dan Fani. “Our goal is to ensure that Burkinabe people can have all possible ranges of finished products made from cotton,” he said.
To date, only 2% of Burkinabe cotton is processed locally. Harouna Kaboré said the government’s goal is to process 25% of national cotton production by 2023.
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