The China-Africa Textile Project is a subsidiary of China-Africa Cotton, owners of Malawi Cotton Company, that has so far invested K58 billion in the construction of a textile factory in Salima which is expected to boost textile exports and create about 1 500 jobs.
The China Africa Textile Project will entail the construction of a Cotton Ginning factory where they will be adding value to raw cotton and process it into fabric.
The project comprises of two phases, in which the first phase will comprise acquisition K13 billion machinery and equipment, K2 billion building materials for the steel-structure factory, K733 million for motor vehicles and plants, among others.
The second phase will be the setting up of weaving, printing and dying and towel making factories.
The factory will have the capacity to use over 15 000 tonnes of lint per year; hence, it will be important for the country to enhance cotton output from the 10 000 tonnes realised in 2016/17 growing season to avert importation of lint from neighbouring countries.