Zimbabwe State to Be Nation’s Sole Cotton Buyer, Chronicle Says

Zimbabwe’s government will be the sole buyer of cotton from farmers this year after growers protested the price offered by merchants, the state-controlled Chronicle reported, citing Agriculture Minister Joseph Made.

The agriculture department and the indigenization ministry will allocate funds to buy the cotton, Made told the Bulawayo-based Chronicle. The ministries haven’t yet set a price for the crop, the newspaper reported.

Cotton merchants were offering between $0.35 and $0.50 a kilogram (2.2 pounds), while farmers were demanding $0.85 to $1.20, the Chronicle said. Merchant prices were comparable with prices in the southern African region, the newspaper said.

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