2 November 2016 Last updated at: 4:28 PM

Malawi farmers urged to grow more cotton

Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation of Malawi (Admarc) has urged farmers in the country to start growing more cotton as the crop is in demand on international markets.

This is coming when government is being urged to promote the growing of other crops as tobacco is being shunned due to an anti-smoking campaign championed by the World Health Organization.

Malawi Cotton

Malawian farmers drilled on tobacco farming.

Director of operations for Admarc Fekson Kantonga said cotton is currently attracting more buyers on the international markets hence the need for farmers to plant more of the crop this growing season.

”On the international market a type of cotton like Makoka produce good quality crop which is favorable on the international market so the farmers must produce more cotton,” said Kamtonga.

According to reports, various countries such China – itself a major cotton producer – has shown interest to buy cotton from Malawi as it is of good quality.

The problem for Malawi however is low production of the crop as there is lack of motivation for farmers to continue growing the crop. In the past two years Malawi has failed to match its record cotton production which was recorded in the 2012/2013 growing season.

In that season Malawi produced 100,000 Metric Tonnes (MT) of the crop but output fell in 2014 when the country produced 45,000 MT which was followed by a production of 49,000 MT in 2015.

In the 2016 season, farmers only presented 13,000 MT of cotton against a local demand of 250,000 MT.



29 Comments On "Malawi farmers urged to grow more cotton"

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  • Mike Bele says:

    ZABODZA!!!! Poyamba amatelo koma pogulitsa amatembenuka. Izi zimacitika caka ndi caka. Caka cinoso alimi wena adabwezedwa nalo pakali pano lili mnyumba ngati sanatenthe. Ndibwino kulima khobwe, umapindula kwambili. Mwina tidzalimaso likadzafika pa K850/kg. Kumangoti lili pa high demand koma mtengo osakweza, rubbish, wamva #malawi24, i said RUBBISH.

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  • We grow more but poor prices during marketing tym.sorry fo ur day light robbery !!

  • That’s rubbish, r they going to eat that cotton, y not more maize?

  • It is not just international demand that matters. It also the price to be paid to farmers. Is the price for cotton more competitive than that of tobacco? This is what Admarc needs to tell farmers.

  • Rubbish, will they eat cotton? With this hunger are u still talking about nonsese, why not encourraging them to grow more food to ensure food security, and with that low price you offer them at the market growing those cash crops now its just a waste of both time and power, with this hunger everyone is thinking of growing more maize not cotton!

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  • Instead of growing more maize? As shortages of land as it,

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  • O da cotton growers hv agreed nt 2 grow cotton again since they dnt c any proffit 4m t

  • so that you can buy them at mk190/kg,they will do.kkk

  • Wen they grow more cotton buyers wil com wth low prices.SHAME

  • will they eat cotton, njara yaseyi azikamba za cotton ? we will always make other countrys rich bt look at malawian farmers . muma admarc mulibe chimanga bt ur tell farmers to grow cotton what’s that ? #wakeup !

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