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Cotton farmers pray for stable markets

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Cotton farmers in the country have asked the government to come in and purchase the remaining produce as there is no alternative market this season.

The call comes as government through the Agricultural Development and Market Corporation (Admarc) has paid the farmers money it owed them after purchasing the crop on credit.

Speaking in an interview, Cotton Farmers Association (Cofa) president, Dickson Gundani, said although they have been paid the money, they still have a lot of cotton which needs to be bought.

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“We want to meet the minister or the Principal Secretary so that we explain our grievances because we have a lot of cotton and we are afraid it might not be bought if government does not buy from us,” He said.

Admarc Spokesperson Agnes Ndovi said the grain marketer is still in the farm produce purchasing season and they are awaiting the allocation of funds from the budget.

“We are waiting for the allocation which was put in the provisional budget and we have made headway so we will soon be reopening the markets once everything has been finalised,” Ndovi said.

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She said Admarc will not be buying the produce on credit.

Cotton farmers in the country, mostly, sell their crop to companies but the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the purchase this year and Admarc is buying the crop as a last resort.

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