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Tanzania launches program to double cotton output

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Mar '12
The Government of Tanzania has launched a key long-term programme in association with the Gatsby Trust and the Tanzania Cotton Board (TCB) to double the country's cotton production.

The programme aims to revolutionize the functioning of the domestic cotton industry to help it boost its output for over 400,000 farmers by almost two-fold, Ms. Olive Luena, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tanzania Gatsby Trust said, while launching the programme.

The programme would aid TCB with execution of the recently approved regulatory guidelines with regards to introduction of contract farming. This would mainly involve work on pricing, quality and providing finance for production-related activities.

Under the new programme, the high production level is meant to be achieved through contract farming.

It is intended at enhancing farm level productivity for cotton with the aid of well-developed crop management techniques, which involve simultaneous and sustained use of four principles – crop rotation, minimum soil disturbance, crop and livestock integration production and permanent soil cover with utilization of crop residuals.

Since 2008, TCB has been encouraging growth of contract farming, an organized marketing arrangement aimed at regulating transactions, ensuring contract security, reducing probable negative farm-gate price drifts and developing trust between stakeholders.

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