Future of Zimbabwe's cotton industry under threat as seed shortage looms

14:29, August 06, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

A shortage of seedcotton looms in Zimbabwe, as foreign buyers have asserted themselves in the cotton industry and are buying the multiplication seed for export, Xinhua has learnt.

A source in the cotton industry told Xinhua in an interview on Thursday that side-marketing of seedcotton to avoid offsetting debts with ginners who would have financed their crops is seriously threatening the future of cotton growing in the country.

"Third parties, who in the first place never assisted growers with inputs, are buying the seed despite a statutory instrument which clearly states that only registered ginners who supported growers with inputs will be authorized to buy the harvested crop from the growers they financed," the source said.

Despite their contractual obligations, growers have literally discarded their financiers in favor of the high-paying third parties.

In response the Cotton Ginners Association, representing the financiers, is flighting advertisements warning farmers against side marketing, adding that it is illegal and may result in the farmers failing to acquire certified seed varieties in the future.

The association has also taken at least one company to court seeking to bar it from buying seedcotton from the contracted farmers.

【1】 【2】


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Staff members watch a screen showing the blast-off of the Long March-2FT1 carrier rocket loaded with Tiangong-1 unmanned space lab module at Beijing Aerospace Control Center, Sept. 29, 2011. Commander-in-chief of China's manned space program Chang Wanquan announced Thursday night that the launch of Tiangong-1 space lab module was successful. (Xinhua/Wang Shen)
  • Chinese President Hu Jintao watches the launch of Tiangong-1 space lab module at Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 29, 2011. Other members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, including Wu Bangguo, Jia Qinglin, Li Changchun, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang and Zhou Yongkang, are also present. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
  • The graphics shows the launch procedures of the carrier rocket of Tiangong-1 space lab module, Long March-2FT1 on Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Lu Zhe)
  • Image taken from Beijing Aerospace Control Center shows a Long March-2FT1 carrier rocket loaded with Tiangong-1 unmanned space lab module blasting off from the launch pad at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua)
  • On Sept. 28, tourists travel around the Mingshashan Scenic Area in Dunhuang, Gansu province by camel. With the National Day vacation right around the corner, more and more tourists from home and abroad are going to Dunhuang. Riding on a camel, they travel in the desert to enjoy the cities rare form of natural scenery. (Xinhua/Zhang Weixian)
  • Chinese forest armed forces work together with forest firefighters on Sept. 28. (Xinhua/Chai Liren)
Hot Forum Discussion