TANZANIA EXPECTS BIGGER COTTON CROP THIS SEASON

IGUNGA, TANZANIA, The Tanzania Cotton Board (TCB) expects the 2018/19 cotton crop to yield an increased harvest compared with the previous season, says the Cotton Development and Promotion Officer with the board, Edward Nyawileat.

Speaking during visits to cotton farmers in Meatu, Maswa and Igunga districts recently, Edward said in the 2016/17 season there were 130,000 hectares of farmland planted with cotton but this year the area under the crop had shot up to 600,000 hectares.

He said the application of agricultural practices, supported by the adequate supply of seeds, insecticides, sprayers and fertilizer had helped farmers to increase the size of their cotton farms. He added that the government was highly committed to seeing to it that all the farmers benefited from cotton cultivation.

Igunga District Commissioner (DC) John Mwaipopo, said the carried out a campaign under the Tabora Regional Commissioner (RC), Aggrey Mwanri, on cotton planting and farmers in Igunga district had responded positively by using modern agricultural practices.

He added that there are 53 villages and 17 wards in the district which had planted cotton and he called upon the various stakeholders to join hands to build up the textile industry.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK