Cotton is one of the major crops used to be produced in Zimbabwe. FARMERS are slowly abandoning the cotton crop because of the unviable prices being offered by merchants. Figures availed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development show that 43 643 hectares (ha) were put under cotton this summer cropping season compared to 74 446ha planted during the 2014/15 farming season. In Gokwe North, which is the hub of cotton farming in the country, the area under cotton declined by over 42 percent from 41 720ha the previous season to 17 916ha planted so far this season. Gokwe South has 25 655 ha, which has been planted against 32 130 ha planted the…