By Regis Mhako
Government has reaffirmed its commitment to ensure inclusivity in national initiatives by launching the Pfumvudza concept in Musampakaruma community of Kariba’s Nyaminyami District.
The climate proof Pfumvudza/Intwasa agriculture scheme has been extended to cotton production this season.
“We must all embrace Vision 2030. It talks of inclusivity. This is why we are here today. No one must be left behind. When we talk of Pfumvudza we mean food security at family level” Mashonaland West Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Hon. Mary Mliswa said.
Chief Musampakaruma rallied his community to embrace the conservation farming concept, but expressed concern over elephants which are destroying crops.
“Let us all embrace this initiative which has proved to efficient judging from last year’s harvest, but Honourable Minister we have a challenge here – our fields are always invaded by elephants which destroy crops we request for a buffer fence. Otherwise we will be farming for the elephants.”
In a direct response to the distress call, climate change expert Mr Charles Ndondo advised the community to bio-fence their field with bee hives to reduce human-wildlife conflict.
“Bees and elephants don’t live in harmony so once you keep bee hives outside fields they deter elephants from invading fields,” he said.
Farmers who received inputs during the launch are confident of another bumper harvest.
“I am very happy last year I had a bumper harvest so this is empowerment,” a farmer said.
Government introduced the climate proof Pfumvudza/Intwasa concept to ensure food security at house hold level which is one of the objectives of the National Development Strategy One.