Farmers call for speedy disbursement of wheat inputs

By ZBC Reporter
FARMERS have welcomed the ZWL$2.74 billion special 2020 wheat programme launched by government, urging stakeholders to ensure timeous disbursement of inputs to guarantee high yields.
Former Agricultural Rural Development Authority (ARDA) Board Chairperson, Basil Nyabadza says the launch of the 2.74 billion dollar 2020 wheat fund under the a public private partnership deal, calls for farmers to produce more as the world faces food insecurity in the wake of COVID-19.
“In the face of COVID-19, we don’t know when this pandemic will end, we might be required to stop imports from Mexico and other countries as boarders close. So this programme calls from government to identify successful wheat farmers at every district who can pick other good wheat farmers. By so doing I tell you this home grown programme will no doubt ensure food security for our country,’’ said Nyabadza.
Young farmer of the year for 2019, Fungai Makoni says with the COVID-19 lockdown upon us, there is need to expedite dissemination of information on the programme and movement of inputs for farmers to beat the planting deadline.
“The programme is the best way boost wheat production, but we call up inputs distributors and government quickly make information available to farmers, especially considering the programme came in the face of this Covid 19 lockdown. But for planning purposes key inputs should be availed without delay. I call for all youths with irrigation to take up the programme and produce to their capacity.’’
Under the 2.74 billion dollar wheat programme, government targets to increase the planted area to 80 000 hectares under contract farming from last year’s 24 000 hectares.
CBZ targets 65 000 hectares, with expectations high that the country will produce over 400 thousand tonnes of wheat required annually.