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Cotton Spinning and Weaving

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(proposed by the Industrial Development Coperation of Zimbabwe)

Zimbabwe's annual average cotton seed production averages 350 000 tonnes, with over 85% of the output accounted for by communal farmers. Production of cotton is done through an input/out grower scheme financed by ginning companies or cotton merchants.


There are three major merchants or financiers of cotton growers. The climatic conditions in the country make Zimbabwe competitive in growing the crop, which needs high temperatures, low humidity and a frost-free environment which is all guaranteed in the country. Zimbabwe falls in the category of producers of high quality cotton and extra long staple cotton. Zimbabwe's competitiveness is on the availability of semi skilled and skilled manpower to process the cotton through its various stages of production from spinning, weaving, and dyeing & printing.

Cotton Spinning and Weaving

The country has an installed ginning capacity of approximately 600 000 tonnes, more than double the cotton seed production. There is limited value addition in the industry with spinning capacity currently of at less than 30% of the total lint available.

The country has an installed spinning capacity of 39 000 tonnes of lint per annum, an approximate 30% of the average annual lint output of 160 000 tonnes. Such installed capacity can no longer be used at 100% efficiency as most of the equipment is now old and some even obsolete. The weaving and knitting industry processes less than 39 000 tonnes of lint output with dyeing, printing and finishing processing less than weaving and knitting.

Opportunities for investment in cotton value addition therefore exist along the whole value chain. A technical/financing partner is being sought for the establishment of a spinning factory to process 8 000 tonnes of lint per annum at an estimated cost of US$27.5 million.

An opportunity also exists to invest in an already existing textiles company in need of recapitalization, and modernization of existing equipment. The company already has all the required infrastructure and skilled & experienced manpower to run a textile firm, where the product range includes different types of drill fabric, java, polycotton, denim, calico, canvas and T -shirting among others

Cotton Spinning  and Weaving


Contact Details:

Mr. M.N. Ndudzo
General Manager
Email: mndudzo [at] idc.co.zw

Ms. F. Mupazviriho
Projects Development Executive
Email: fmupazviriho [at] idc.co.zw

Mr. Brian Mushohwe
Exports Development Executive
bmushoshe [at] idc.co.zw
exports [at] idc.co.zw

Mr. R. Shoko
Projects Development Executive
Email: rshoko [at] idc.co.zw

Mr. Paul Bhebhe
Projects Development Executive
Email: pbhebhe [at] idc.co.zw

Mr. Derek Sibanda
Public Relations Advisor
Email: pr [at] idc.co.zw


Industrial Development Corporation
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Causeway, Harare


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