Zimbabwe's Government Scales Up Support for Cotton Farmers

The government has scaled up input support for the cotton farmers, with 400 000 households expected to receive free inputs covering a hectare each, a Cabinet minister said last week.

This is double last year’s package and could translate to a yield of more than 200 000 tonnes.

“We are expecting good rains this season and we would want to capacitate our farmers,” Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made said.

Last year, farmers received free inputs worth $25 million and the expected potential harvest was 130 000 tonnes.

However, production is expected to be way below the initial estimate as yields were affected by poor rains and late distribution of the inputs.


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