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Zimbabwean Ginners Target Over 200,000T of Cotton Crops

11 October 2013

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe's Cotton Ginners Association (CGA) says it is targeting to contract farmers in the country to produce 250,000 tonnes of cotton in the coming cropping season.

Citing New Ziana, reports that CGA director-general Godfrey Buka said that ginners were making final preparations for the 2013/14 season.

"They are registering growers culminating in the establishment of a common database which will facilitate elimination of multiple registrations. Following registration, contractors should be able to commence the distribution of inputs and the hectarage will then be established," he said.

"However, based on the long-term average production, the preliminary target crop size is around 250,000 metric tonnes for the next season."

Mr Buka said the registration programme was being carried out at all 320 common buying points throughout the country. The amount required to finance the targetted crop size would be established once the registration process was completed.

Cotton production in Zimbabwe has been on the decline because of low prices resulting in farmers moving to other cash crops such as tobacco. The decline has seriously dented the country's efforts to revive the textile and clothing industries which are under serious threat of collapse.

Last year's cotton production reached 283,000 tonnes and 353,000 tonnes in its peak in 2000.

The crop is largely grown in the drier parts of the country which include Gokwe in Midlands Province and Muzarabani in Mashonaland Central Province.

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