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Minister advises farmers to shun organic cotton
23
Jan '10
The Minister of Agriculture has exhorted farmers in the cotton belt of Northern Uganda to grow more cotton and other food crops to alleviate poverty. Cotton production in this belt has dipped alarmingly in the last few years.

The Minister, Aggrey Bagiire who was on a fact-finding mission and told the farmers that the government had provided free good quality cotton seeds to the farmers, along with which pumps and pesticides were provided at subsidized costs.

However, the minister was critical of organic cotton. He told the farmers that the yields from growing organic cotton was very less when compared to cultivating conventional cotton as yields cannot be good without using pesticides and fertilisers.

He advised the cotton farmers to not fall in to the trap of growing organic cotton as an acre of conventional cotton yields between 1,500-2,000 kg, while one gets just about 150 kg from cultivating organic cotton in the same size area.

He said the only way to improve a cotton farmer's income was to adopt good agronomical practices and remunerative global cotton prices, which will lead to an increase in national cotton production, as farmers would get drawn to growing cotton.

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