By ZBC Reporter
Government will roll out the climate proof Pfumvudza Programme for cotton farmers during the next summer cropping season, in a move aimed at improving the production of the white gold across the country.
Riding on the success of the Pfumvudza programme in the production of maize and traditional grains last season, government has seen in it fit to extend the programme to cotton.
Speaking to ZBC News the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Fisheries and Rural Resettlement Dr Anxious Masuka said over 500 000 families from the traditional cotton growing areas will receive the necessary support.
We are targeting at 520 thousand families to benefit from this pilot programme in terms of cotton production. Each household will receive inputs enough to grow at least one hectare. This is on top of what the farmers have always been producing. We believe if we manage to capacitate these farmers from the marginalised societies, this will motivate them to continue planting the crop which is critical in the country’s production, he said.
Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (COTTCO) Managing Director, Mr Pious Mananike weighed in saying they have also acquired an additional 25 tractors to assist farmers in the production of the crop.
The new acquisition means that our fleet now stands at 45 tractors as we already had 20 tractors. We understand there are some farmers who might lack draft power. We are saying everyone in the areas where cotton does well must be taken on board,noted Manamike.
Government has come up with the agriculture revival strategy which is already bearing fruit after the country recorded a bumper harvest in the previous summer cropping season.