Bumper harvest for Somabula farmer in the face of drought

By Tafara Chikumira

The climate proof Pfumvunza/Intwasa programme has emerged as the nation’s hope for food security after an erratic rain season.

In Somabula, the climate proof Pfumvunza/ Intwasa crop has weathered the storm, following a dry spell in January, with most farmers across the country harvesting.

A 51-year-old farmer, Mr Henry Chisako, who benefited from the land reform programme in 2020, is one such farmer expecting an average of three tonnes of maize per hectare from 20 hectares.

“It is quite an interesting experience in my career as a farmer. We didn’t get as much rains on time as we had anticipated. The reality of life is that we are in the season of climate change and the seasons are so unpredictable. We used little in terms of resources but the returns are so impressive as you can see,” said Chisako.

Government says the nation is prepared to cover up for national grain deficit this season.

Professor Obert Jiri, the Chief Director Agriculture Advisory Services and Rural Development said: “We are anticipating a one comma four million tonnes of maize from our farmers. This gives us an deficit of around 350 000 tonnes for the national requirements. As I am speaking to you right now, we have made modalities to make the importation such Grain a success.

“I want to assure the nation that we intend to increase the climate proof Agriculture to three million households this season. What is of important is that we are going to deviate and ensure that we give people the inputs that are based on research on the land available as well as the climatic conditions in that area.”

The government’s climate proof Pfumvunza/Intwasa programme has proved to be a game changer in the country’s agriculture revival strategy in the face of recurrent drought.