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Contractors to fund cotton farming, to help grow output
Oct '10
The Zimbabwe government via the Agricultural Marketing Authority (AMA) has enrolled 12 contractors who intend to fund cotton cultivation on an area of 400,000 hectares.

As stated by the Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Joseph Made, these contractor firms desire to grow 300,000 tons of cotton for 2010-11 season. Director of Animal and Pastures Research in the Ministry, Joseph Sikosana divulged the above facts as he read a message on behalf of the Minister while presiding over the Cotton Producers and Marketers Association of Zimbabwe Congress held in Kadoma.

According to the Minister, it is necessary that the agricultural sector players including cultivators, buyers and farmers associations register themselves to ease the process of supervising their performance to enhance feasibility and to foster sustainability.

Zimbabwe now has 14,000 tons of cotton seeds as stock which is far more than that required for cultivation on the targeted area of 400,000 hectares.

As there are many small farmers involved in cotton cultivation on smaller areas, it is required that they amalgamate to form unions, to boost their bargaining capacity with raw material suppliers and with buyers, to negotiate on prices, the Minister said.

He also lauded the cotton cultivators who produced 260,000 metric tons of cotton during the 2009-10 season which was far above the set target of 173,000 metric tons.

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