Cottco, Zimbabwe Police Force Urge Cotton Farmers to Adhere to Presidential Input Scheme, Warn Against Side Marketing

Written by on June 22, 2024

The Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (Cottco) and the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) are working together to secure seed cotton produced from inputs disbursed under the Presidential Input Scheme (PIS).

In a joint statement, COTTCO and ZRP requested farmers who benefitted from this program to deliver their produce to Cotto and shun side marketing.

This season, Cottco is making immediate payments for seed cotton delivered at common buying points. Farmers are strongly encouraged to secure their funds and
minimize the risks of robberies as well as the potential loss of funds.

Under the Presidential Inputs Scheme, farmers receive inputs such as seeds, chemicals, fertilisers, tillage, and agronomy support at no cost. In return, they are expected to establish, maintain, and deliver seed cotton to Cottco when marketing commenced.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police emphasized that they will ensure that the law takes its course on anyone found to be side-marketing seed cotton produced through the Presidential Input Scheme.

Reporter: Nokusa Masuku

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