This is a list of cotton ginneries in Kenya. Cotton ginneries are firms that mainly process cotton. This is where cotton fibers are separated from their seeds then later processed into useful cotton goods and products.
Kenya currently produces about 25,000 bales of cotton. This is way below the current demand of approximately 200,000 bales. The rest of the cotton has to be imported from other neighbouring countries such as Tanzania and Uganda, to cover the huge deficit.
Cotton is grown by small-scale farmers in semi-arid regions in the country. It is a drought-tolerant crop that requires moderate to light rainfall and a temperature of about 21°C to 27°C to grow. It takes between 6 to 8 months to fully mature. It is usually sown between April to June and harvested from November to February.
The main cotton growing areas in Kenya include; Lamu, Machakos, Siaya, Homa Bay, Tana River, Embu, Kitui, Meru, Busia and Makueni.
Currently, there are very few cotton ginneries in the country. Most of the ginneries that were operational in the early years are no longer in business. Most of the ginneries collapsed due to a lack of raw materials as several farmers in the country abandoned growing cotton as a result of poor market prices and minimal government support.
Here is a list of cotton ginneries in Kenya.
1. Gaitu Ginnery
It is one of the largest cotton ginneries in Kenya.
Contact: +254 64 31090
2. Malindi Ginneries Limited
Location: Malindi Town
Contact: +254 020 354 8823
3. Amukura Ginners Limited
Location: Teso South, Busia County
Contact: +254 055 774 71646
4. Kitui Ginnery
Location: Along Kitui-Kibwezi Road, Kitui County.
Contact: 0792 891 743
5. Asego Holdings Limited
Contact: +254 020 228 476, 71164
6. African Cotton Industries
Contacts: 0712 422 777, 0722 465 222
7. Luanda Ginnery
Location: Funyula, Busia County
Contact: +254 020 227 878
8. Makueni Ginners Ltd
Contact: +254 020 229 148
9. Meru Ginnery Limited
Contact: 0722 599 610
10. Mpeketoni Ginnery
Location: Mpeketoni, Lamu County
Contact: +254 042 64056