By ZBC Reporter
As the country anticipates a bumper harvest this summer cropping season, some farmers are targeting harvesting as high as 15 tonnes per hectare.
While driving along the country’s highway will give one a glimpse of the anticipated bumper maize harvest, an aerial view of some farms in Centenary, Mashonaland Central Province are testimony that the country is bound to break a record in crop production this year.
ZBC News visited some farmers with vast tracks of maize and other nutritional crops in Centenary who are expecting to hit 15 tonnes per hectare.
A farmer from the area Mr Tawanda Raradza attributed his farming success to government’s Command Agriculture Programme which he said will play a significant role in achieving Vision 2030.
We have put 250 hactares and as you can see, the crop is flourishing ,with the good rains we will hit over 15 tonnes per hectare. We thank the new dispensation for giving us inputs under command agriculture on time and after planting soya bean, sugar beans and maize vision 2030 is beckoning,he said.
Muzarabani District -Maware Ward 13 Councillor, Emmerson Raradza, who boasts of over 250 hectares of maize, implored Agribank to urgently assess farmers and avail combine harvesters under the mechanisation programme.
From the look of things , the bulk of farmers have produced to maximum capacity. With expectations high of a bumper harvest, we call upon government to send assessment teams, so that combine harvesters are availed on time. Because any delay in harvesting maize will impact on winter wheat planning,noted Raradza.
Lands, Agriculture, Water, Fisheries and Rural Resettlement Permanent Secretary, Dr John Basera confirmed the 2021 first national crop assessment report points to new records in terms of yields.
We are expecting that the first report will be tabled in cabinet this week, with preliminary results indicating that the country has witnessed some record breaking in crop production. Although the second crop report is expected in March or end of April we have already broken the record in maize and soya bean hectarage, several farmers have hit targets in terms of anticipated output,he said.
With the Meteorological Services Department predicting more rains, farmers are upbeat that both the early and late planted crops will reach maturity stage as the country gears to achieve and surpass national grain requirements.