Cotton farmers ask for a special fund

Cotton farmers at Busangwa Village in Kishapu district, Shinyanga Region have requested the government to establish a special fund to be used to compensate them once cotton price in the world market drop.

The Chairman of Busangwa Organic Farming Association (Bofa), Luis Kapanda, said in a statement that the fund would help to cushion effects of price fluctuation in the world market that severely affect them.

“We have been talking to various government officials on our poor situation, establishment of the fund would support us greatly,” he said. Kapanda hailed the Swiss government which has been supporting them through the Dodoma based Rural Livelihood Development Company (RLDC).

The company has provided them with five motor vehicles, 25 bicycles and constructed a warehouse. “We thank the company which has been providing us quality seeds, motorcycles, training and warehouses which we think will help us to increase production,” he said.

Another farmer identified as Edward Busengwa, said the current price of cotton was low and discouraging.

He said although the Tanzania Cotton Board has not announced indicative price for this season, last year they sold their cotton at 600/- per kilogramme which was not fair.

“There is a fear that most farmers would abandon cotton farming , because the price was not encouraging and we have experienced various challenges in this sector,” he noted.
Source: The Daily News, reported from Dar es Salaam
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