cotton.jpgThe Cotton Producers and Marketers Association of Zimbabwe is mulling establishing ginneries which will cater for its members so as to protect farmers from being milked by unscrupulous ginners.

The association has decided to set up ginneries which will enable it to sell processed cotton at the world market on behalf of local farmers.

This comes on the background of disputes over the price of cotton between farmers and ginners.

The Vice Chairman of the Cotton Producers and Marketers Association of Zimbabwe, Mr. Morris Mukwe said so far some ginners have been approached to facilitate processing of cotton on behalf of farmers.

“We are currently in the process of engaging our members over the development to process the cotton so that we can sell it on our own at the world market… the ginners are currently taking advantage of the farmer,” said Mr. Mukwe.

Over the past two years the cotton marketing season has been characterised by disputes between the farmers and the ginners over the pricing of the commodity.

This year the minimum price of the commodity has been reduced from 85 cents to 75 cents by the ginners, a move which did not go down well with the farmers.