Cotton farmers to curb exploitation

cotton_farmersBULAWAYO - Small scale cotton farmers will, in September, launch their own association that seeks to put to an end to their being exploited by buyers. Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU) director, Paul Zakariya, told The Zimbabwean that the new association would take an active role in the marketing of cotton on behalf of small farmers.

Farmers recently complained about the producer price of the crop. Cotton Ginners Association had developed a price cartel with other players denying farmers a better price.

Some cotton buyers in the country were buying cotton at less than US$0,25 a kg compared to the international market price of US$0,45 a kg.

Farmers believe the time has come to put an end to exploitation and as result are coming together to form this association, said Zakariya. The cotton growers association is envisaged as a commodity union, which will represent communal cotton farmers countrywide on issues to do with marketing of the crop.
He said ZFU was in the process of compiling a database of cotton growers countrywide.
Meanwhile, Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister, Joseph Made, said the Government and other stakeholders in the cotton industry would soon meet and try to review cotton prices to render viability to farmers.

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