A Professor of Fibre Science and Colour Chemistry, Abayomi Adetuyi called on the federal government to consider establishing indigenous dye industry, saying such efforts remain critical to the revival of the textile sector.
In his address during the 108th Inaugural lecture of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) on the topic: “Colour and Man: Sine Qua Non of Creation and Industrialization” Prof Adetuyi said large scale botanical gardens containing useful dyeing plants should be established in all Universities of Technology and states of Nigeria and managed properly so that these plants will not go into extinction.
He said the federal government should then support the indigenous cottage and small-scale natural dye-production/ utilization practitioners through Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) via favourable policies to enable them to generate employment and contribute to the nation’s economic development instead of importing dyes for food and textiles.
Prof Adetuyi averred that the ornamental beautification shrubs can be transformed into useful and well-commercialized dyes since the use of natural dyes and colouring is ecofriendly and free from hazards associated with imported dyes and chemicals.
He said natural dyes are unique in their unequalled richness and subtlety of shades and that every continent or region is endowed with different varieties of food-yielding dyeing plants for usage, each possessing unique qualities. He said ‘’Every nation or institution is associated with a unique colour or symbol such as the green and white of the Nigerian national flag representing Nigeria’s natural wealth or fertile land.’’
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