Malawi Govt impressed with cotton sells- Agriculture Minister

Deputy Agriculture Minister Ulemu Chilapondwa has said government is impressed with the way cotton sells are doing on the market citing government’s efforts have enhanced the selling process.

According to Deputy Minister, the ministry had set a minimum price of K150 per kilogram proceeding 2012/13 growing season.

Chilapondwa said this has come in because of the efforts government has put in place and the encouragement it put forth that farmers needed to grow a lot of cotton so that so that it be one of the reliable source of foreign currency into the country.

“People have actually started harvesting their cotton and so far the prices are above the minimum prices that government that government effected of K150 per kilogram but suddenly on the ground it has shown that the buyers are buying the crop at the price of K180 or to as high as K220 per kilogram.

Chilapondwa: Happy
Chilapondwa: Happy

“This is a very good sign an as government we are very happy that our farmers will actually benefit from this year’s cotton,” he said.

Chilapondwa then advised farmers on middle men buyers who usually entice them to buy the crop at a lower price that they refrain from selling the crops the middle men.

“Farmers should keep and take their crop direct to buyers that have been identified by government where they will fetch the prices that i have just mentioned,” said the deputy minister.

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