THE Government has trained 715 000 farmers countrywide for conservation farming popularly known as Pfumvudza with most farmers already registering for the Presidential Inputs Scheme.
This comes as input suppliers and manufacturers have expressed their readiness for the 2020 summer cropping season.
Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement secretary Dr John Basera confirmed that preparations for the 2020 summer season were on course.
He said the Presidential Inputs scheme will this year prioritise farmers who would have adopted the Pfumvudza concept.
“So far 715 000 farmers have been trained on Pfumvudza. We have had an overwhelming response to the concept. There is tremendous progress on such critical activities such as holing out (preparing planting basins), mulch harvesting, liming and manure accumulation,” he said.
Dr Basera said the concept which was aimed at climate-proofing agriculture was going to boost household food security and nutrition and also growth of the rural economy.
“Farmers will be able to be food self-sufficient with surplus contributing towards the strategic grain reserve. We are promoting farming as a business.