Kenaf was first grown in Africa (western Sudan). It is a high-yielding and increasingly popular product for the city markets. Prospects for increased Kenaf fiber and pulp production are good in view of growing concerns about environmental pollution and dwindling forest resources.
Kenaf is best suited to a tropical or subtropical climate. It grows well in a variety of soil types but it does best in deep, rich loam that is neither acidic nor alkaline. To ensure a good crop, soil must have sufficient quantity of organic matter. The crop prefers well-drained soil of medium texture. Good increase in the kenaf production is possible through the effective use of fertilizers.