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Cotton Output Declines By Over 50%

Cotton Output Declines By Over 50%

Zimbabwe’s cotton output declined by over 50% last season, statistics from the Agricultural Marketing Authority (AMA) show.

In the 2021/22 season, farmers produced 57 000 tonnes of the crop as compared to 137 762 tonnes produced during the 2020/21 marketing season, a 59% drop.

AMA chief executive officer, Clever Isaya, told NewsDay that the sharp decline in cotton output is attributable to flooding and a cold spell in May. He said:

Heavy rains and floods at the beginning of this season leached soils, then erratic rains which were received thereafter up to December (affected crops).

In January 2022, we had Tropical Storm Ana which caused destruction to both crops and animals, a cold spell quickly set in in May 2022 which affected ball splitting of cotton.

Isaya also said payment delays in the previous season had “frustrated” some farmers while “non-destruction of ratoon crop in some instances perpetuated pest and disease prevalence.”

Payment problems have dogged the cotton sector in recent years, in some cases farmers have been given groceries for the “white gold”.

Last week the government announced new pre-planting producer prices for cotton farmers.

Cotton prices per grade will range from US$0.40 per kg for grade D to US$0.46 for grade A. | NewsDay

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17 Comments

Sabhuku 4 days ago

don't lie to people. cotton output decrease was caused by Cottco's lake of payment to farmers not flooding. stop paying farmers with groceries & you'll have an increased output


3 days ago

wataura pane nyaya chaipo iwe

Vandem 4 days ago

taurai chokwadi kut Wadyajena akaLOOTER zvose


guys 4 days ago

can l ask ma family planning pills Anoita Kuti baby risapate nhumbu even please help


Führer 4 days ago

Shandisa protector plus kana emahara ma mbada vamwe vanomati madembare ane zvikitsi zakapesana

Zanu pf trolls 4 days ago

trying to divert debate with a silly question.wawona amhanya kunodaira ndiye futi anga abvunza.kusanyara Wadyadyena ndiye akaparadza cottco tangozvitaura wani.ibvapo mazidziso.

but 4 days ago

ma family planning anogona Kuti baby risapate nhumbu


yes 3 days ago

rinotadza zvaro kubata nhumbu bt iwewe wacho warumwa nemajuru

4 days ago

Cottco don't pay farmers, this has forced the to switch to other crops


😎vakomana vemabhimbo 4 days ago

@sabhuku
@ van Damme
kkkk.
inonzi damage control.
spindoctoring fiction into cognisant fact..


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cotton 4 days ago

wadyajena akadya mari wani hapana chombodowa kuwedzera kana kutapudza


cottco 3 days ago

Nhema dzakaipa chokwadi chakanaka Mari dzakadyiwa varimi vakawana zero nyaya yacho ikataurwa hapana chakaitwa. Kuvaka nyika kutaura chokwadi kwete nhema


Mbwirembwire 3 days ago

Kkkk nhai vanhu vakuru, ko munonyepesewa nei chaizvo.Cold spell? ,too much rain my foot! Mari dzichidyiwa zvadzo, murimi we cotton achiswera akabereka knapsack achirwariswa nema chemicals,wopiwa sick money, ndiani angada kudzokera kumunda we cotton pakadai kana anedzakakwana mumusoro?


Vekuye kuye 3 days ago

I think cotton farmers are the most exploited. They always get a raw deal year in year out. They toil in the fields and get zero rewards for their sweat. You reach a time when you ask yourself, "What am I really doing? Ndiri kumbovavarira chii?"


mlambo 3 days ago

wechida kuita nzara pamusha Rima cotton


rural folk 3 days ago

handi kurima donje kwacho hakusisina mari here? Unenge uchingofira mahara


Wadyajena 3 days ago

Mari ndini ndakaidya and I used an advantage of being a ZANU-PF shack ✊



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