Agricultural sector urged to adopt scientific practices

By ZBC Reporter

Players in the agricultural industry have been challenged to embrace new farming practices, amid the ever-changing climatic conditions.

With the country on a drive to ensure national food security, the need to embrace new agricultural practices to counter climate change came under the spotlight during a field day at Gwebi Agricultural College this Friday.

During the event Director Agricultural Education Mr Jotum Dondofema spoke on the importance of investing in disease tolerant varieties.

We need access to have new varieties in maize and several vegetable crops which improves yields, grain quality and enhances disease tolerance,he said.

Embracing new technologies in the agricultural sector also came under the spotlight with Agronomist Moses Kudanga noting that the move is key to achieving food self-sufficiency.
Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (ARDA) Chief Executive Officer Mr Tinotenda Mhiko highlighted the importance of smart agricultural practices in the quest to attain an upper middle income economy by 2030.

We want to ensure that our farmers especially those in the rural areas adopt the best management practices to boost productivity which is part of the dictates of vision 2030,he said.

Gwebi Agricultural College Principal Shupikai Sibanda lauded stakeholders support to students, particularly in the area of research.

The country’s agriculture institutions are expected to churn out graduates with the requisite skills to contribute to the achievement of the envisaged 8.2 billion United States dollars Agriculture Economy by 2030.