Cotton farmers in the Lowveld are appealing for Government’s intervention to avail more inputs given that many have been affected by the continuous dry spell which has destroyed their crop.
The prolonged dry spell that continues to affect many parts of lowveld has affected cotton farmers whose crop continues to wilt.
Since the beginning of the 2018/2019 cropping season many parts of the Lowveld specifically Chiredzi have not received significant rains and many farmers have lost hope after numerous attempts to replant.
Cotton farmers who spoke to the ZBC News say crop establishment remains a challenge and many of them no longer have inputs for replanting even if the rains are to come which is why they are making an appeal to Government to chip in and assist them.
Chiredzi district remains among top producers of the white gold in the country.
Last season 80 000 Chiredzi farmers were contracted by Cotton Company of Zimbabwe in Chiredzi and they produced 35 000 tonnes of cotton surpassing their target of 25 000 tonnes a clear indication that the crop continues on a growth trajectory in the Lowveld.