Malawi cotton production down by 70%

Cotton production in the country is down by 70 per cent, a situation which is worrying agriculture authorities.

Cotton fields

Gracian Lungu, spokesperson for the ministry of Agriculture, has said the country will record a 70 percent decrease in cotton production.

According to Lungu, a lot of cotton farmers did not plant the crop this season as there were few buyers last year.

This low cotton production will negatively impact on the country’s forex.

Cotton farmers have also been asking for better prices of their commodity.

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3 years ago

The Agriculture authorities are aware that low cotton production is due to non-availability of more buyers making the market not competetive. I thought they have could said what they are doing so far because the article is presented as if the farmers are the problem as they are shunning cotton farming. Cotton farming is a business if they want to increase production they should work on the market dynamics.

3 years ago

We had been talking about crop diversification, zithekapo apa? Why my fellow Malawians? Ndiye tobacco business isakuoneka tsogolo lakeyi where are we going to get the much needed forex? God help us.

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