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Asian Journal of Textile
  Year: 2012 | Volume: 2 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 17-25
DOI: 10.3923/ajt.2012.17.25
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Production and Characterization of Kenyan Sisal

Thatayaone Phologolo, Chongwen Yu, Josphat Igadwa Mwasiagi, Nobert Muya and Zheng Fan Li

Sisal is one of the fibers that have lately recorded a rapid increase in demand. This can be attributed to an increasing awareness of the need to use eco-friendly materials. An increase in demand invariably leads to improved commodity prices, therefore making sisal production a very profitable venture. Kenya is among the largest producers of sisal. However, 80% of the sisal grown in Kenya is exported as raw materials. This is a major concern and therefore, needs to be addressed urgently. According to vision 2030, Kenya lays emphasize on the value addition of Kenyan agricultural products. This implies that agricultural products like sisal should be processed and then exported as high valued products. The value addition of Kenyan sisal can be enhanced if research into the production of sisal is done. Fiber characterization will also equip scientists and investors with the much needed information about the nature and potential of the Kenyan sisal. The aim of this research work concentrated on the production and characterization of the Kenyan sisal. The results of this research work show that Kenyan sisal production and yield has been declining in the last four decades. This is the trend in the other sisal producing nations, except Brazil whose production has been rising and China whose yield has been rising. The characterization of the Kenyan sisal indicated that the Kenyan sisal has a higher percentage of lignin and hemicellulose. The tensile strength of the Kenyan sisal was comparable to the lower spectrum of sisal tensile strength for sisal from other regions (countries).
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Thatayaone Phologolo, Chongwen Yu, Josphat Igadwa Mwasiagi, Nobert Muya and Zheng Fan Li, 2012. Production and Characterization of Kenyan Sisal. Asian Journal of Textile, 2: 17-25.

DOI: 10.3923/ajt.2012.17.25






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