The timely disbursement of the 2017/18 $60 million cotton inputs fund by the government has boosted cotton production, with most farmers who have taken advantage of the first rains witnessing good germination.
The poor rainfall patterns experienced in other areas have adversely affected germination with those farmers whose cotton did not do well appealing to the government to give them more inputs to replant their white gold.
The COTTCO management for the Gokwe business unit is upbeat of a better cotton season considering that farmers got their inputs on time.
The government this year increased cotton funding to $60 million compared to $42 million last season, targeting to benefit about 400 000 families.
Zimbabwe’s cotton lint is on high demand on the international market and its revival is key towards resuscitating the textile industry, which has over the years collapsed, owing to the shortage of cotton.