cotton.jpgAs disagreements over the prevailing cotton price between farmers and ginners continue to threaten viability of the agricultural sector, government has set up an adhoc committee to come up with possible solutions for challenges facing the sector.




Chairperson of the committee, Dr. Olivia Muchena who is also Minister of Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development said the committee will examine issues influencing the cotton industry including pricing, levies and the impact of the statutory instrument 142 of 2009.
Other members in the committee include Minister of Agriculture Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Cde. Joseph Made;  minister of Small and Medium Scale  Enterprices and Co-operative Development, Cde Sthembiso Nyoni;  minister of Industry and Commerce, Cde Welshman Ncube as well the minister of Economic Planning and Investment Promotion, Cde Tapiwa Mashakada.


At the beginning of the cotton marketing season, farmers were earning 30 cents per kilogram which was later reviewed to a minimum of 33 cents for the lowest grade and 42 cents for the highest grade after government intervention.


However farmers are still unhappy as they say the cost of production stands at 48.5 cents per kilogram.