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Contract farming a hit with Tanzanian cotton farmers
19
Aug '11
Most cotton farmers in Tanzania who opted to undertake contract farming have seen an increase in their productivity, as well as their incomes.

With an aim to boost cotton production, the concept of contract farming was started as a pilot project in 2008 in most of the districts in the country's Mara Region.

Under contract farming, ginning companies provide cotton cultivators with farm inputs like seeds, pesticides, and even tractors on hire, on the condition that the cotton harvested by them would be sold to those companies.

The companies also send officers who counsel farmers on increasing their productivity. Most farmers who have participated in contract farming have seen their yields increasing from an average of 350 kg an acre to around 800 kg an acre.

As a result, the number of farmers taking part in contract farming has grown tremendously during the last three years.

Editor's note-
Contract farming provides a win-win situation for both the farmers and the companies helping them in increasing their productivity. While the farmers avail the benefit of all farm inputs, the ginning companies are assured of cotton supply required to keep their factories running. A high yield, while generating more income to the farmers also brings good business for ginning companies.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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