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Thursday, 30 November 2017 14:04

Fresian Limited, COFA enter cotton contract farming

Written by  Steve Chirombo

Chikwawa, November 30, 2017: Cotton Farmers Association of Malawi (COFA) has described the decision by some cotton companies to put farmers on an incentive-based contract farming and life insurance as a move in the right direction.

This was revealed Wednesday at Mikalango Extension Planning Area (EPA) in Chikwawa where Fresian Limited announced it had put about 2,500 cotton farmers on life insurance and contract farming, to motivate them to grow and produce quality cotton.

COFA President, George Dunken Mnesa, said he believed such initiatives could help increase cotton production which he said dwindled from 100, 000 metric tons in the 2015/2016 growing season to only 5, 000 metric tons in the 2016/2017 farming season countrywide.

“The initiative will enable us [farmers] to access loans easily and insure our crops so that we can still benefit in the event of disasters,” said Mnesa.

Fresian Limited Manager in the Shire Valley Agricultural Development Division (ADD), Nelson Dinyero, said they had put 2, 500 cotton farmers on contract and insurance scheme to enable them easily access farm inputs.

Dinyero said, “Apart from accessing loans, [cotton] farmers will have steady markets for the crop.”

In the Lower Shire, over 24, 000 farmers are expected to grow cotton this year, according to Principal Cotton Officer for the Shire Valley ADD, Jackson Mvula.

During the function, Fresian Limited awarded 21 hardworking farmers with bicycles, sprayers and cotton seeds.


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