“It is great that the market price is high because this will boost
farmers morale to grow more cotton,” Jolly Sabune, the Cotton
Development Organisation (CDO) head, said. ” “..
She explained that the rise was due to increased worldwide demand,
adding that there were shortages in other countries, and “that has
Recent climate change disasters have wrecked havoc in the leading cotton
producing nations; the US, China and Pakistan. India, the world’s
second largest cotton growing nation, has stopped lint exports to
stimulate local consumer demand and strengthen its textile industry. ” “..
The development comes at a time when many businesses are suffering.
These price increases that haven’t been seen since the American Civil
War (1861-1865) prevented shipments of the crop, according to experts. ” “..
The high prices are expected to rise farmers’ household income and
export revenue as cotton production is hoped to double this year. ” “..
“Despite out-of-season drought in the south-western region, we expect to
produce 130,000 bales this year, up from 70,000 bales last year,”
Sabune said. ” “..
“This will translate to sh90.7b household income. Export revenue will amount to $73.4m (about sh171b).” ” “..
Uganda’s cotton industry is stabilising, especially after the
restoration of peace in northern Uganda, a traditional cotton growing
The cotton regulatory body has intervened to support farmers by
supplying high-quality seeds and pesticides at affordable prices. ” “..
This strategy is aimed at enhancing cotton production to improve household income and reduce poverty.
“Prices will not drastically fall this year. They will remain higher
than they were previously as the global economy struggles to regain its
balance.” ” “..
But Sabune called for the development of a vibrant spinning and textile
industry to absorb the raw cotton, arguing that value-addition would
ensure better returns to farmers. ” “..
“The high farm-gate prices are discouraging millers to buy cotton from
the farmers,” she warned, adding that there was a need to build small
ginneries upcountry. ”