SCC optimistic of good cotton yields
Although cotton is naturally a drought tolerant crop, most cotton farmers feared huge losses as their fields were adversely affected by the prolonged dry spell that hit most parts of the country.
However, good rains have been experienced recently throughout the country.
“We had received reports that the plants were almost dying and farmers had lost all hope. So the rains really came at a very critical time,” SCC managing director Caos Nzenze told the Daily News in an interview.
“As you know the cotton plant is different from other crops like maize as it is very resilient so after such rains the plants are already looking better. The reports we have been getting show that we are back on track.
“There might be some slight damage from the previous dry spell but we expect farmers to get at least half a tonne per hectare and that’s about between 25 000 to 30 000 tonnes of cotton seed. We hope the rains last till late February,” he added.
SCC in the 2019/2020 farming season distributed inputs to farmers covering round 60 000 hectares of farming land and is expecting between 25 000 to 30 000 tonnes of cotton seed, a huge leap from the 5 500 tonnes realised last season.