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Gweru farmer shines in winter wheat production

Story by Tafara Chikumira

A Gweru farmer has become the envy of many after putting 65 hectares under wheat in a development that has helped the Midlands province to surpass its set target of 12,000 hectares for the strategic crop.

The farmer, Mr Clever Mathuthu, who is an agronomist by profession, is satisfied that his crop is showing good health.

With good agronomic practices, he is anticipating an average of eight tonnes per hectare.

“The secret behind this is treating farming as a business. You can’t be a visitor or a cellphone farmer and expect to perform wonders at the farm. We are grateful to government for timely disbursement of inputs which has made our job easier,” he said.

Government is happy with the progress made in the wheat crop production this winter season.

“We are indeed celebrating this milestone as far as farming is concerned. Wheat is our fall back plan as we are experiencing the El-Nino induced drought. It’s complementing the grain and small grains we got in the summer cropping season. We are happy that the production of wheat has since been extended to the arid regions of Mberengwa and Gokwe as government improves its irrigation facilities,” said Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Owen Ncube.

Meanwhile, Honourable Ncube toured the Senga Civil Servants flats, which are under construction to check on the progress at the site where he called for the expedition of the construction works to deal with the housing backlog in the Midlands Province.

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