tobacco growers.jpgThe Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU) will seek to influence favourable pricing policies for farmers when they hold their annual congress set for the 28th of September.

 

As the ZFU marks 70 years of existence, pricing issues will take centre stage during this year’s annual congress with the farmers’ organisation advocating for a workable solution across the farming sector.

 

Developments in the farming sector have necessitated a review of policies.

 

The current cotton marketing season was characterised by low producer prices for cotton pegged at US$0,30 per kilogramme with ginners arguing that offering higher prices was not viable.

 

In the end, government intervened and reviewed the cotton price to US$0,50 per kilogramme and also allowed new players on the market.

 

Tobacco farmers also complained of low prices.

 

Zimbabwe Farmers Union Executive Director, Mr Paul Zakariya said a separate day will be set aside for discussing policy issues during the three day congress.

 

“The congress will discuss policy issues to do with pricing of agricultural produce, financing of agriculture, cotton and tobacco legislations, as well as the TIMB Act,” said Mr Zakariya.

 

The congress will also debate ways of unlocking funding from financial institutions to support farmers who have been experiencing difficulties in accessing working capital.

 

The government has mobilised US$ 30 million to support farmers in the 2010/2011 summer cropping season, while efforts are in progress to ensure adequate seed supply.

 

Farmers’ organisations however say more funds need to be allocated to the sector.