Uganda has signed up for the 'Cotton made in Africa’'(CmiA) initiative with an aim to establish country’s competitiveness in domestic cotton. Around 5,400 farmers from Uganda are benefiting from the ‘Aid by Trade Foundation’ (AbTF) after the Western Uganda Cotton Company (WUCC) and registered cotton farmers were verified by the industry body.
CmiA offers cotton farmers training in modern, efficient and sustainable cotton cultivation methods that allow them to increase the quality of their cotton as well as their crop yields and thereby generate higher incomes, and subsequently improve their living conditions. Uganda joins CMiA aftet Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'IIvoire, Malawi, Zambia, and Mozambique partnered with it.
Around 80 per cent of Uganda's population works in agriculture and related industries and cotton cultivation is one of the main sources of income for the peole belonging to the country’s rural regions. In association with Uganda’s first fully integrated textile company, Fine Spinners, CMiA cotton aims to create a fully integrated textile production chain - from the cotton field to the final product.