Zimbabwean farmers
Zimbabwean cotton farmers

More Zimbabwean farmers go into cotton cultivation

A recent report from the South African nation indicates that more Zimbabwean farmers have joined cotton cultivation in the country between 2016 and 2022.

A report on the Presidential Cotton Inputs Scheme, covering 2016 to 2022, recently produced by the Cotton Company of Zimbabwe Limited reveals that thousands of households (Zimbabwean farmers) have joined the cotton industry due to free cotton inputs being given to farmers by the Government.

Support for Zimbabwean farmers

According to the report, before the coming in of the new dispensation, the scheme used to benefit around 155,000 Zimbabwean farmers or households in support of the Government`s poverty alleviation strategy but has since grown to benefit over 500 000 households especially after the introduction of the Pfumvudza/Intwasa programme.

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The extension of the popular programme has also seen capacity utilisation in the sector shooting from 10 percent in 2016 to 100 percent this year and more than 4000 jobs are expected to be created.

Zimbabwean farmers, cotton cultivation
Zimbabwean cotton farmers

In line with the Second Republic`s thrust of modernising the country`s pivotal agriculture sector and the Agriculture and Food Systems Transformation Strategy, which seeks to achieve a US$8.2 billion agriculture economy by 2025, President Emmerson Mnangagwa extended the Pfumvudza/Intwasa scheme to include cotton as part of accelerating rural modernisation and industrialisation.

“Seed cotton production volumes increased from 10,800 MT in 2016 to 116,053 MT in 2020/21 season, a growth of 975 percent. Operating capacity utilisation also grew from 10 percent to 100 percent, cotton is now outsourcing ginning from other ginners with idle capacity on a toll ginning arrangement.

“Although the Cotton Presidential Inputs Scheme started in 2016, it has gradually peaked from 10,800 MT (2016) to around 116,053 MT in 2020/2021 season.

“This has resulted in export revenue growing from US$4.5 million to around US$85 million in 2017/18 season, Cotton is expecting to bring at least US$60 million as export revenue in the current marketing season-ending March 31, 2022, reads part of the report”

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Meanwhile, speaking to this publication recently, Cotton Producers and Marketers Association Chairman, Mr Stewart Mubonderi revealed that the crop situation in most parts of the country was in a pleasing and encouraging state and soon they will release figures of this year`s expected tonnage.

Mr Mubonderi thanked President Mnangagwa`s Government for availing another 8000 tonnes of the cottonseed which farmers needed for replanting.

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