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Cotton farmers demand reasonable crop price
02
Nov '10
The total cost of growing cotton per hectare of land has been fixed at US $104 for the 2010-11 agricultural season. But according to the crop cultivators and Cotton Producers and Marketers Association of Zimbabwe, this cost won't be reasonable if the production price of cotton drops beyond US $165 per kg.

This cost has been derived by summing up all the costs for inputs and other operational expenses that a cultivator bears to produce crop on a hectare of land, before it is ready for marketing.

In any case, if the production per hectare drops below 2,000 kg, the cultivators would have to suffer heavy loss. Many small farmers barely manage to cross the 1,500 kg level.

Experts say that, the Agricultural Marketing Authority should work out a reasonable price of the produce with the producers, before the beginning of the season, so that the farmers can decide whether to take up the crop for cultivation or to abandon the same.

The production cost in the country is very high, and that is why it is necessary for the cultivators to participate in the decision of fixing price of the crop, rather than depending on the prices determined by the foreign markets where the crop is grown in an altogether different environment.

Fibre2fashion News Desk-India


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