Government impressed by the good bill of health on Pfumvudza crop

By Tafara Chikumira

GOVERNMENT is impressed by the situation of crops planted under the climate-proof Pfumvudza/ Intwasa programme, with hopes high the country is set for another bumper harvest in the face of good rains.

This emerged during an assessment of crops that are under the Pfumvudza/ Intwasa programme from Kwekwe to Gokwe North, that most of these crops, save for those in Nenyunga area, are doing well.

Although most farmers in Gokwe had a false start to the season due to delays in the onset of the rain season, they managed to pick up the pieces and replanted, with government happy over the farmers’ resilience.

“The crops have done exceedingly well. All the crops are looking excellent. My expectation is that the province and the country will have sufficient food to feed ourselves for the year. So, this is indeed a very pleasing achievement. It shows that farming can be a business and it is indeed transforming the face of agriculture,” said the Minister for Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Dr Anxious Masuka.

Most farmers are looking forward to improved yields per hectare as they anticipate maximum benefits from their efforts.

“I started doing Pfumvudza last year. I planted three plots and managed four tonnes. This time around, I planted 12 plots and am looking forward to 13 to 14 tonnes. Pfumvudza is the best way forward as it requires little efforts from the farmer,” explained a farmer from the area.

“Pfumvudza is the best way forward. As you can see, the minister has taken it upon himself to visit us and assess for himself. We also managed to get our inputs in time and yet they are for free. This mulching is also good for dry areas like ours, so i just want to urge other farmers to be part of the project in the future,” added another farmer.

Late last year, President Emmerson Mnangagwa launched the national climate-proof Pfumvudza/ Intwasa programme in Chief Nenyunga’s area, on a day that also witnessed the introduction of Pfumvudza Cotton for the first time.