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Cotton Board reportedly receives over 2,000 submissions for revised 2005 Act


The Cotton Board of Zambia (CBZ) says it has received over 2,000 submissions from various stakeholders on issues to be included in the revised act.

According to Chief Executive Officer, Sunduzwayo Banda, in an interview on Friday with Zambia Monitor, the response from stakeholders was overwhelming.

Banda described the overwhelming response from stakeholders as an indication that the sector was critical to the country’s welfare.

“The CBZ opened various platforms for those interested to make their submission and I can confirm that the submissions are diverse and the board will ensure they are all taken on board,” he said.

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Banda said the board felt that the inputs of various stakeholders would have an impact on the cotton sector.

In June this year, Cabinet approved in principle to introduce a bill in parliament to amend the Cotton Act of 2005 to enhance the regulation of the country’s cotton industry.

The move was made to effectively broaden the mandate of the CBZ and address the existing gaps in the current law.

The bill also seeks to introduce sufficient provisions for the regulation of the entire cotton value chain in line with international best practices.

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