Farmers welcome pre-planting cotton producer price

By Tichaona Kurewa

Cotton farmers have welcomed the pre-planting producer price for the 2022 marketing season, saying this will bolster confidence among growers to produce more.

Cotton Producers and Marketers Association, National Chairperson, Stewart Mubonderi said  the pre-planting cotton producer prices are critical in pushing up production and enabling growers to make informed projections for the season.

 “We welcome the pre-planting cotton producer price as it will help farmers to plan accordingly for the season. The issue of non-payments of cotton farmers is of great concern to us as farmer representatives, this is worrisome. We call upon the government to take immediate action and ensure that these farmers are paid. Cotton plays a very important role in the economy of our country,” he said.

Commercial Farmers Union Chief Economist Antonnette Chingwe indicated the need to continuously review the price to cushion cotton growers.

 “The prices are quite encouraging and good for farmers; both under Pfumvudza and those under private contractors. Farmers should take advantage of these prices and increase yields and maximize their profit. However, given the current environment, the Government and AMA should revisit the price from time to time to keep pace with inflation,” he noted.

The pre-planting producer price for the 2022 cotton marketing season has been pegged at over 111 Zimbabwe dollars per kilogramme for the crop not funded by government and 63.23 Zimbabwe dollars per kilogram for cotton produced under the Pfumvudza/Intwasa programme.

Government is currently in the process of increasing its stake in the Cotton Company of Zimbabwe to 51 percent as part of efforts to enhance production of the white gold and ensure swift payment of cotton farmers.

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