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Midlands province surpasses winter wheat target

Story by Tafara Chikumira

A Kwekwe farmer has maintained dominance in winter wheat after planting 500 hectares of the crop amid revelations that the Midlands province has surpassed its set target of 12 000 hectares under wheat.

The Kwekwe based farmer, Mr Douglas Kwande has continued to be bullish in winter wheat farming.

His 500 hectarage has indeed contributed immensely to the provincial hectarage which has surpassed the 12 000 hectarage mark that had been set by government.

The seasoned farmer attributed his success to hard hardwork, regardless of some challenges faced prior to the winter wheat farming season.

“When we started some 7 years ago, it was a bushy area, not cleared with trees. Over the years we have been improving regardless of some challenges. Currently we have managed to put 500 hectares of winter wheat, and we are expecting between 7 to 7 and a half tonnes per hectare upon harvesting. This whole process ensures we feed the nation, providing nutrition and create job opportunities along the way” he said.

The government has come up with some enabling strategies as mitigatory measures for wheat farmers.

“We have put in place measures to assist our winter wheat farmers throughout the production so that they can be able to produce effectively. We have had some arrangements with stakeholders like ZESA and ZINWA to make a post payment plan for our farmers, which can be obtained after selling their crops to us. After harvesting, we are going to sell the wheat for them, or exchange the wheat for them or they are going to eat the wheat themselves. All this, trying to address the food security issue in the country,” explained the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Fisheries, and Rural Development, Dr Anxious Masuka.

Zimbabwe continues to face El-Nino-nino induced droughts hence new smart agricultural techniques need to be adopted to guarantee food security.

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