The board chairman for Cotton Farmers Association of Malawi (Cofam), George Mnesa, is advising cotton farmers to cut down the cotton stems before the month of September this year to avoid the of African ball worms which attacks the cotton stems.
Addressing 21 chiefs who gathered at group village headman Nyambiro, T/A Ngabu in Chikhwawa on Monday district, Mnesa asked chiefs not to sell the subsidized farm inputs like seeds and pesticides.
He encouraged the farmers to make use of the subsidy programme for them to harvest more produce.
The chairman expressed his deep concern that over the low process which the crops is fetching on the market.
Cotton is considered as o ne of the country’s strategic crops. Cotton is Malawi’s fourth largest cash crop after tobacco, sugar and tea. It is widely believed that if well managed, cotton has the potential to unlock many jobs in its many processes.
Speaking at the same meeting ,Malawi Red Cross Society chairman for Chikhwawa district Ernest Mpomba encouraged the chiefs to report for the disasters which may hit their areas as this helps the society to know what to do with the people affected.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :