Farmers urged to grow Katombora Rhodes grass for fodder

By Courage Bushe

GOVERNMENT is leaving nothing to chance in efforts to safeguard the gains of the livestock revitalisation programme with farmers being encouraged to venture into fodder crop production for supplementary feed.

The dry season is usually characterised by cattle deaths, hence the need for mitigatory measures such as fodder crop production.

Government has since embarked on a livestock revitalisation programme with farmers in Mtshingwe area of Zvishavane being the latest to benefit.

“We want to thank the authorities for such an eye-opening move as farmers in dry areas we are delighted and we want to venture into this kind of farming,” said a farmer.

“This is a good move to boost our livestock because it is a cheaper way that can be done on a commercial basis,” another farmer said.

Midlands Province Director for Agriculture and Rural Development Services, Mrs Madeline Magwenzi outlined the benefits of venturing into fodder crop production at a demo plot on the production of Katombora Rhodes grass at Mtshingwe Centre.

“During the winter season, most grassing lands are affected by the temperatures, hence it is important for our farmers to have alternative means of thwarting cattle futility,” she said.

One of the development partners working with government on the project is Friends of Environment, which is convinced that the initiative will go a long way in improving the national herd.

“This initiative will go a long way in improving our national herd, so I urge you all here to practice this kind of production as it will also help improving livelihoods,” said Friends of The Environment representative Mr Simba Zodzo.

Two demo plots for the Katombora Rhodes grass have been established in Zvishavane District at Mtshingwe and Chief apanzure’s homestead.