The Agricultural Marketing Authority (AMA) has extended the 2021/22 cotton marketing season after part of the crop matured late due to delayed rains.
In a statement, AMA chief executive officer Clever Isaya said that farmers should take advantage of the extension to deliver their crops as they will not get another extension. Said Isaya:
Following wide consultations, the Agricultural Marketing Authority wishes to advise farmers, contractors and other stakeholders that the 2021/22 cotton marketing season has been extended.
These extensions were necessitated by the fact that some farmers had a late crop due to delayed rains.
Farmers are advised to take advantage of this extension to make mop-up deliveries of their crops as no extensions will be made beyond these dates.
The normal cotton marketing season usually closes around mid-August, where farmers are required to destroy stalks by mid-September to prevent disease carry-over into the next season.