Cotton farmers from Karonga Central Constituency have expressed concerns, following Agriculture Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) move to suspend the buying of the commodity in the area.
Presenting the complaint on behalf of the farmers in parliament, Member of Parliament for the area, Frank Mwenefumbo said the development is worrisome as it will demoralize the farmers who worked hard in their respective farms to come up with the produces.
Mwenefumbo said the country’s biggest Agricultural Commodity trader announced the suspension since the adjustment of cotton prices in the country.
”As you know, government raised the price of cotton from K190 to K210 per kilogram, but since that time they have not provided funds for buying the same,” omplained Mwenefumbo.
The member of parliament added that the development will also delay the farmers in his constituency to start earning the fruits of their labour.
He however pleaded with government to look into the issue expeditiously.
Meanwhile, Minister of Finance, Goodall Gondwe has assured the affected farmers of government’s commitment to sort out the issue soon.
Apart from tobacco, cotton is another cash crop the country relies upon to bring in foreign currency.
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