2020 Seed Cotton Marketing Season

    The 2020 Seed Cotton Marketing season commenced on the 3rd of June 2020. The floor producer price announced by the Government is ZWL$43.94/Kg. The income realised by farmer per 200kg bale shall comprise USD 10.00, 38% in ZD cash and the balance electronically.

    The Agricultural Marketing Authority has deployed clerks at Common Buying Points (CBPs) to regulate the marketing process. Buyers comprising the Cotton Company of Zimbabwe, Alliance Ginneries (Pvt) Ltd, Zimbabwe Cotton Consortium (Pvt) Ltd, Innovative Cotton (Pvt) Ltd, Shawasha Agri (Pvt) Ltd, Southern Cotton (Pvt) Ltd have been licenced to buy seed cotton. China Africa (Pvt) Ltd is yet to meet the full requirement for licencing.

    Buyers and farmers have been sensitised on the importance of complying with the f health guidelines for curbing the spread of Covid 19. These include provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) to staff manning the depots and CBPs, sanitisers and observing social distancing standards.

    Table 1 outlines Common Buying Points (CBPs) for the 2020 Seed Cotton marketing season.

    Table1: 2020 Seed Cotton Marketing Season Common Buying Points

    PROVINCE DISTRICT PERMANANT MOBILE TOTAL
    Midlands Gokwe South 46 56 102
    Gokwe North 59 41 100
    Kwekwe 1 1 2
    Total 106 98 204
    Mash West Kadoma 17 25 42
    Chegutu 5 9 14
    Hurungwe 8 26 34
    Kariba/ Nyaminyami 4 3 7
    Makonde 14 38 52
    Total 48 101 149
    Mash Central Rushinga 7 9 16
    Mt Darwin 10 8 18
    Bindura 1 1 2
    Shamwa 5 6 11
    Mutoko 15 27 42
    Mbire 47 14 61
    Guruve 1 3 4
    Mazowe 2 2 4
    Total 88 70 158
    Masvingo Chiredzi 14 20 34
    Zaka 4 6 10
    Bikita 4 9 13
    Mwenezi 7 8 15
    Chivi 5 5 10
    Total 34 48 82
    Manicaland Chipinge 15 2 17
    Mutare/Nyanga/Buhera/Wedza Makoni/Gutu/Chimanimani 17 24 41
    Total 32 26 58
    Mat North Binga 9 7 16
    Lupane 2 2 4
    Nkayi 5 - 5
    Tsholotsho 2 - 2
    Mangwe 1 - 1
    Umguza 2 - 2
    Bubu 1 - 1
    Insiza 1 3 4
    Total 23 12 35
    Overall 331 355 686

    a) The above tonnage has been delivered and weighed at Common Buying Points and advances of ZWL$1000 per bale paid to growers,

    b) Full payment of growers is awaiting finalisation of payment modalities and release of the cash by the monetary Authorities,

    c) Buyers are also awaiting policy decision on Subsidy Proposal or adoption of market related exchange rate for converting offshore funds into ZWL$.


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