By admin       2017-11-06

KISHAPU cotton growers may have something to smile about after authorities in the district made the decision to bring in a new variety of seed that is drought resistant. Climate change has caused majority of the farmers in many parts of the country, including Kishapu District to abandon the cultivation of the crop. The decision to use the new variety of cotton seed was made during the full council meeting held yesterday in Kishapu District and the announcement made by the Council Chairman, Mr Boniphace Butondo. Earlier on, Special Seats Councilor from Laghana Ward, Ms Janeth Solo presented some challenges faced by cotton growers such as lack of money to buy quality seed and absence of a demonstration farm to help farmers learn how to improve crop production. Mr Butondo said the councillors agreed to distribute improved seed for use by farmers at a subsidized price in this new farming season in the district to boost cotton productivity. Cotton Development Trust Fund (CDTF) will help the farmers to purchase the improved cotton seed - UKM08 at 700/- per kilogram, an initiative that is expected to raise production and increase motivation of cotton growers. Chairman of District Council urged all councillors and extension officers to educate farmers on modern farming practices to increase production. Deputy District Agricultural Officer Mr Godwin Everygist said distribution of new variety of cotton seed have begun and farmers have shown interest to buy them. Cotton Inspection Officer from Tanzania Cotton Board (TCB) in Kishapu district Mr Thomas Tiluhongelwa said the district requires around 1.4 million kilogrammes of quality but has so far distributed 841,000 kilogrammes. Owing to climate change seed breeders, working through publicly funded research institutes in many parts of the world are developing new crop varieties with traits that allow them to withstand extreme weather - and not just drought, but also flooding, and frost.

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