cotton plant.jpgThe government has been called upon to declare cotton output which is estimated to hit over 100 000 tonnes this year a state commodity.

This is expected to weed out some private contractors who are targeting to buy the abundant government sponsored crop.

A survey by ZBC News in some cotton greenbelts of Bindura, Shamva, Chesa, Mt Darwin and Rushinga show that farmers some of whom had abandoned growing the crop are upbeat to achieve a bumper harvest.

The Minister of State for Mashonaland Central Province Advocate Martin Dinha says his office has taken a position to declare all cotton in the province a state commodity.

This follows a comprehensive dossier that some private companies are enticing farmers to side market the government sponsored crop.

The first national crop reports by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe indicate that over 100 000 tonnes of cotton are expected this season.

Cotton farmers will now receive a five percent export bonus incentives and the Presidential Cotton Free Inputs Scheme has the potential to revitalise the white gold as one of country’s biggest forex earner.