Cotton farmers get boost

THE International Trade Centre (ITC) has empowered about 40 cotton farmers with value addition skills to improve their crop through a comprehensive farmer-training programme in Mumbwa.
The participants, mostly women, acquired life skills to help them process cotton into lint, yarn and potentially artisanal products.
The programme was organised by the ITC, as part of a project funded by the European Union and financed by the United Kingdom.
Over 300,000 small-scale cotton farmers in Eastern, Muchinga, Central, Lusaka and Southern provinces earn income for their livelihoods from the crop, according to a statement obtained by the Daily Mail last week.
The training will enable farmers make additional income and create job opportunities, particularly for the youth.
During the training, the Cotton Association of Zambia (CAZ) organised visits for a delegation of donors and government representatives from the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry to raise awareness and support for the development of value-added cotton in Zambia.
“To support these efforts, Zambian farmers will work closely with handloom weavers to produce cotton yarn and supply them to the weavers for production of handwoven products, which will be marketed in Zambia,” the statement reads.

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