As per the trade magazine, Farmer’s Voice, Zimbabwe’s cotton output in 2018 marketing season increased 76 per cent year-on-year to 130,000 tonnes, from 70,000 tonnes last year, owing to increased government support to farmers. The output is the highest in nearly five years. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe expects the country to get around $85 million in foreign exchange through cotton exports this year. It has launched various free support initiatives under the ‘Presidential Inputs Scheme’ to help farmers increase their cotton production.
In 2011, Zimbabwe produced 268,000 tonnes of cotton, which fell to 135,000 tonnes in 2013-14 and further to 100,000 tonnes in 2014-15. In 2016, cotton yield was just 28,000 tonnes, the lowest since 1992. Due to government efforts, production increased to 70,000 tonnes in 2017.