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The realities of unfair trade - The case of small scale cotton farmers in Zambia


Leonard Nyirenda (picture below), a cotton farmer of Chipata says both the cotton farmer on one hand and the Multi National Company must come out winners.

Leonard Nyirenda (middle) - Cotton farmer from Chipata, eastern province of Zambia
Leonard Nyirenda (middle) - Cotton farmer from Chipata, eastern province of Zambia (Picture by ODCMT)

In his words he put: "The Multi National Companies depend on us for the cotton and seed, we also depend on them for the incomes. If they were to shut down their operations in Zambia farmers would be affected. So we need to dialogue on the issue of cotton prices to ensure that both sides are happy".

Leonard proposes a buying price of between ZMK 1500 to ZMK 1600 per kilogram. Other farmers still have problems with the system of the cotton trade.
[Interview by Mutuna Chanda - Reporter, QFM Radio]









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