Farmers urged to embrace soil conservation and testing

By ZBC Reporter

Farmers have been challenged to accelerate land preparation ahead of the summer cropping season after weather experts predicted normal to above normal rainfall.

Leaching and erosion were some of the setbacks that frustrated farmers when heavy downpours were received last summer.

It is in this context that agriculture specialists are encouraging farmers to double their efforts in land preparation and harness soil conservation.

A good farmer should always be on time. What we do or not do now has an impact on the harvest we will get in the looming season. Those with organic manure should start to add it as it is more resilient to leaching effects. Farmers should constantly consult extension officers and do storm drainage contours to mitigate negative effects of heavy rains,said Mat North Provincial Agritex Officer Mr Dumisani Nyoni.

With government targeting over 2.3 million households in the flagship Pfumvudza/Intwasa Programme early land preparation will also be key in the timely distribution of farming inputs.

Government has expanded the Intwasa programme to support up to five plots. This is a lucrative arrangement which calls farmers to roll up their sleeves and accelerate preparations. The sooner they finish setting up their plots the earlier the distribution from government. The expertise from Agritex extension officers should be fully utilized this coming season so that we score maximum yields, he added.

The mechanised Pfumvudza/Intwasa programme is expected to further assist farmers to enhance production capacity from land preparation to harvesting.

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