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Mazabuka, March 3, ZANIS - The Cotton Development Trust (CDT) has predicted a reduction in the production of cotton in Southern province due to the peculiar rainfall pattern that the province has experienced this farming season.

CDT Director West Chita said in an interview today that several crops will be affected by the higher than normal rainfall that the province has experienced.

Mr Chita said cotton production is expected to be low compared to last year adding that the minimum amount of cotton the province will produce could be in the range of 40 to 60 percent.

He said excessive rains caused the fields to be water logged such that weeding and pest control were difficult and challenging to the farmers.

"Our assessment is that this has been a bad season. On crops like maize the effects have already been felt but on cotton there is still some hope that through good management and depending on the weather pattern," Chita observed.

Mr Chita said organisations that deal with small scale farmers should help in creating awareness to farmers about the effects of global warming.

"Civil society, non governmental organisations, government and ginning companies should take a holistic approach on making sure that farmers are sensetised on the effects of global warming and climate change," Mr Chita said.

He said farmers should not leave in the dark but they should instead follow meteorological information and advice in order to adapt to the changing climate.

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