Cotton farmers in UMP have welcomed the new cotton producer price announced by the government this week.

The new cotton producer price of RTGS$1 950 per tonne announced by the government heralds the return of the white gold and a goodbye to second hand clothes, said some of the farmers who attended a field day at Mugabe Secondary School in Uzumba which was judged the best cotton farming school in the area.

“The new producer price will see more and more farmers joining cotton farming which will increase the cotton output which in turn will result in textile companies opening and kissing goodbye to second hand clothes,” said the excited farmers.

The Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (Cottco) agronomist Mr Collen Nyawenze said he was impressed by the quality of cotton produced by schools in the area.

“The quality of cotton being produced in this area is of high quality which is what we are encouraging other institutions,” he said.

Uzumba legislator Cde Simbaneuta Mdarikwa who initiated the cotton programme in schools said gone are the days when schools must rely on fees payments only.

“Gone are the days when schools relied on fees only, cotton farming is one of the projects we are encouraging schools to embark on to raise funds for their resource requirements,” he said.

A total of six schools in the area are currently into cotton farming under a programme being supported by Cottco.