Government to avail $36m to cotton inputs
Government will avail approximately $36 million towards the cotton inputs support scheme for the 2016-2017 farming season as it seeks to achieve lint exports of 90 000 tonnes under the five year Cotton to Clothing strategy.
The Cotton to Clothing strategy was facilitated by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce in 2014 and is funded by the European Union. This five year strategy delivers a unifying roadmap with an ambitious set of targets, including a steep increase in yields to 1200kg per hectare that will benefit 250 000 smallholders.
The strategy also sets out to increase production of cotton lint to 450 000 tones per year and for exports of textiles and garments to reach 90 000 by 2019, when the implementation of the strategy is expected to complete.
"These targets which are certainly ambitious are achievable with a co-ordinated approach by all stakeholders," said Association of Cotton value Adders of Zimbabwe director Admire Masenda at a press conference to give an update for the cotton to Clothing Indaba set for Friday in Harare...Read more
Farmers’ contribution to the project is 65% hence it is not fully financed. Labour, tillage and nursery was the farmers’ initiative . The tobacco scheme only benefits the paid up members of the Union.Farmers have already been given fertilizers and inputs of 1 ha.