|VP Mujuru warns errant ginners|
|Saturday, 11 August 2012 21:30|
Lincoln TowindoVice-President Mujuru has warned cotton ginners who are refusing to buy the crop at the Government-gazetted price that they risk having their operating licences revoked.
Addressing hundreds of villagers at the official opening of Chitse Clinic in Mt Darwin yesterday, she said Government is considering switching the selling of the crop to an auction-based system similar to the tobacco trading system to avoid stalemates between farmers and ginners.
“I hear that ginners are saying they cannot afford to pay the prices that were gazetted last month, but we see this as a way to coerce farmers into selling cheaply so that the ginners can make super profits,” she said.
“We are saying as Government, cotton should be sold through the auction system, similar to the one used in selling tobacco.
“Let me warn the ginners who are refusing to buy the product at the gazetted price that if they continue on that path, they risk losing their licences.”
Initially, buyers were offering US$0,29 per kg. Cde Mujuru also told the gathering that Government will reintroduce the Food and Nutrition Security Programme to help feed people in areas affected by poor harvests.
“We have areas that did not harvest well and people in those areas will get sick easily.
“Locals will be allowed to deposit their grain into these facilities.
Speaking at the same event, Red Graniti managing director Mr Yves-Marc Chavert said the initiative was a result of co-operation between the company and the community.