Cotton crop in Zimbabwe. COTTON farmers in many parts of the country have vowed to abandon the crop, as the former white gold continues to lose its lustre. Farmers in the Lowveld said growing the crop was negatively affecting their livelihoods instead of improving their lives. “It is not fair on the farmer to continue producing or investing in something that does not bring the expected returns,” Simon Ruva of Checheche. Most cotton farmers had been lured to grow the “white gold” by the attractive returns, but for the past few years, it is no longer viable for farmers to continue growing the crop. Most farmers complain that cotton has pushed them into deeper poverty. Farmers…