By Tendai Munengwa
GOVERNMENT has secured inputs for 2020 to 2021 Presidential Inputs Scheme, with distribution set to commence next month.
Responding to questions this Thursday in the Senate on the country’s state of preparedness for 2020 to 2021 agricultural season, Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement Honourable Vangelis Haritatos said all is set and farmers should start receiving key inputs for the Pfumvudza Programme.
Senator Sikhanyisiwe Mpofu asked, “Madam President, my question is directed to the minister of agriculture, what is the state of preparedness as far as securing of key inputs such as fertiliser, seed, fuel and other key resources for the coming season?”
The Deputy Minister said; “We are happy to inform this August house that inputs for the Presidential scheme have already been secured, we are well ahead as distribution is set for next month”.
The early provision of inputs has been welcomed by former Zimbabwe Farmers Union Vice President Edward Raradza who appealed to government to retain farmers’ unions’ levy to enable them to work with Agritex in educating farmers.
“This is commendable, but we think the government should give resources to farmers unions. The combination of farmer unions and Agritex will provide enough impetus to educate farmers on government programmes and boost productivity….,” he said.
With about 1.8 million households targeted under this year’s Presidential Inputs Scheme, the government has encouraged farmers to fully prepare for the Pfumvudza Programme in order to be eligible to receive inputs.
The Pfumvudza concept, which is aimed at climate-proofing agriculture by adopting conservation farming techniques, involves the utilisation of small pieces of land and applying the correct agronomic practices for higher returns.
By Tendai Munengwa