By Wellington Makonese
The move to distribute Presidential Inputs under the Pfumvudza/ Intwasa Programme according to agro-ecological regions has been described as a masterstroke that is set to massively boost productivity and guarantee food security.
The announcement that distribution of Pfumvudza/ Intwasa Presidential inputs will be done in accordance with the agro-ecological conditions of a region has been met with optimism that the move will improve productivity.
This comes at a time when government has increased households under the Pfumvudza/ Intwasa programme to more than three million.
“This development will see farmers having mandatory plots on maize in region one, two, three, other crops distributed equally, so it means production will ultimately improve relatively with patterns of the region,” noted Mr Stancilous Tapererwa, Acting Agritex Director.
Chief Agronomist Irvine Craig said, “It’s a good move that will see maximum production in each and every region. It’s actually a promotion of the locally desired grain because in the past. We have provinces that have been under-utilising.”
To ensure the summer cropping season is a success, government has set aside ZW$28 billion towards the climate-proof Pfumvudza/ Intwasa programme.
The mechanisation programme has also been availed to small-scale farmers, a move also expected to ensure maximum productivity across the entire agriculture industry.