Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Farmers begin ‘no investment no cotton’ drive

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Miguel Suleyman

Cotton stakeholders here have launched a ‘No Investment No Cotton’ policy in the region’s bid to streamline the contract farming system.

Officially announced in a stakeholders meeting held at Mwanza Hotel over the weekend, the policy gives the right of buying cotton only to ginning companies that provided inputs, insecticides and certified seeds to farmers prior to a planting season.

The Mwanza regional commissioner, Mr Evarist Ndikilo, who chaired the meeting told the stakeholders that companies which did not provide farmers with vital inputs would not be allowed to buy cotton next season.

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