According to Kafulila, the price improvement of the crop has been fueled by robust measures taken by the government to fight dirty tactics done by dishonest traders to exploit farmers.
Speaking with residents at Mwaukoli village, Kisesa ward in Meatu District, Kafulila said this year’s cotton price has gone up compared to all other seasons since the crop was initiated in the country.
“The government through President Samia Suluhu Hassan is committed to uplift Tanzanians' lives in various sectors including agriculture which include taking several measures to fight all kinds of exploitation of farmers and we have witnessed positive fruits this year in the cotton crop,” he said.
He also said that the rise of the cotton price has not been caused by the rise of the crop’s price in the global market as majority of people believe.
“The current cotton price in the global market is at US$90 cents, this price was the same in 2013 and 2018. But the local price has never reached this year’s price of 1800/-, so this surely shows how measures taken by the government as well as stakeholders contributed to the situation,” he said.
Kafulila said that the government has controlled dirty tactics of cotton buyers including fighting third party agents of the crop, something that was affecting price of the crop and ended up putting farmers in worse situations yearly.
Farmers in the village also commended the government for taking the measures to support growth of the crop and its price.
“We have never experienced this situation all those years spent in the field, selling cotton at the price of 1800/- remain a great surprise to us, we hope that we will be able to achieve our dream in farming,” said John Maduhu, one of the cotton growers at the village.
He hailed the government’s move to set up an indicative price of the crop, something which also brings competitiveness among buyers and thus encouraging more farmers to increase cultivation.
Simiyu Region plans to produce 500,000 tonnes of cotton in the 2021/22 farming season, a strategy which targets to equip farmers with essential farming skills and tools including sending farming inputs on time.