By ZBC Reporter
AT least one thousand small scale irrigation farmers from Chibuwe area in Chipinge have benefitted from the Presidential Input Scheme ahead of the winter-cropping season as the government prioritises food security, especially in the dry regions.
Following erratic rains witnessed in most parts of Chipinge which have negatively impacted on the maize crop, the focus is now on winter cropping, with many small scale irrigation farmers optimistic of a better season ahead after receiving top-dressing fertiliser from the Presidential Input Scheme.
Addressing beneficiaries at Chibuwe Service Centre on Saturday, Musikavanhu legislator Retired Colonel Dr Joshua Murire urged farmers to put the inputs to good use.
“The President wants us to feed ourselves that’s why this scheme was introduced so let’s put this into good use,” said Dr Murire.
Beneficiaries praised the Presidential Input Scheme initiative saying the initiative has restored their ability to feed themselves.
“We extend our gratitude to the president for the inputs especially now when prices are skyrocketing,” said a beneficiary.
Another beneficiary applauded the Government for assisting them pointing out that the scheme has also afforded young people with a platform to venture into entrepreneurship
“As the youth, we appreciate this scheme because it gives us a purpose and enables us to grow our crops and create employment,” said the beneficiary
Meanwhile, farmers in the upper Chipinge region have also expressed optimism of better yields this season as compared to the previous one.
“We are grateful for the command agriculture inputs we received and this year we are hoping to get at least 10 tonnes per hectare as we recover from the Cyclone Idai disaster we experienced last year,” said Oscar Taguta”
The Presidential Inputs scheme has brought relief to both large and small scale farmers. It was launched at the Zanu-PF Annual People’s Conference in Mutare in December 2010 to boost productivity.
By ZBC Reporter