Facilitate sustainable smart agriculture, new Cottco board told

By ZBC Reporter
GOVERNEMNT has tasked the new Cotton Company of Zimbabwe Board to facilitate sustainable smart agriculture and improve livelihoods of communities who depend on cotton production.
Tasked to form synergies, come up with a strategic roadmap for cotton production, the new Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (Cottco) board led by Dr Abraham Babs Nyoni was officially appointed by the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement Retired Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri in Harare this Wednesday.
Minister Shiri implored the new Cottco board to institute an effective roadmap to the uplift livelihoods families in marginalised areas and establish synergies to boost production of the white gold in line with vision 2030.
“It is high time parastatal boards and management gear up and shed the business as usual attitude so that the ministry will be able to deliver on its mission of facilitating the growth of a modern, sustainable and viable climate-smart agricultural sector, to achieve set goals. Cottco is expected to create synergies with other parastatals, set targets with indicators that reflect the national vision,” said Minister Shiri.
The new Cottco Board Chairperson, Dr Abrahams Babs Nyoni promised to work with the management of the company to revive the cotton production value chain.
“I have been discussing with the acting CEO, that the cotton value chain has great potential to bring tangible results in boosting the economy, there is quite a lot of benefits that come with cotton, so we will work together to deliver the best results in the sector,” pledged Dr Nyoni.
The new board which has more women than men reflecting a gender-sensitive government, comes at time the parastatal which has been operating for almost five years without a board has cleared its 56 million dollar Zimbabwe Asset Management Company (ZAMCO) debt and introduced a new hybrid cotton seed which is expected to boost production and foreign currency earnings for the country.