Government to increase agricultural support under Pfumvudza programme

By Kenias Chivuzhe

Government is targeting to increase agricultural support under the Pfumvudza programme with a total of three million households expected to benefit this coming season.

With the Pfumvudza programme having contributed at least 33 percent of the national grain reserve last season, government plans to increase the number of households benefiting under the support scheme to three million households.

This was revealed by the Agricultural Advisory and Rural Services Development chief director, Professor Albert Jiri on the side-lines of his department’s strategic meeting in Nyanga.

“As we conclude the planting of wheat, we are now refocusing our efforts on summer production. We are targeting 3 million households under the Pfumvudza programme. This time the programme includes urban households who were excluded in the past. The 3 million households will get a full package of inputs to support five Pfumvudza plots per household. We know that this past season Pfumvudza contributed 33 percent of the national grain and we can go higher if we starting planning early,” he said.

Welthungerhilfe head of project, Kumbirai Nhongo, whose organisation is implementing a 6-million-Euro agriculture support programme spoke about the importance of agricultural partnerships.

Said Nhongo, “We are one of the many partners supporting agriculture sector. With government implementing the agricultural development strategy, partnerships are critical. We are implementation the 6-million-Euro project focusing on building capacity to have a framework for integration between research education and extension that adds value to the farmer. Partnerships must transform the agriculture sector and improve the lives of the people.”

Apart from increasing support towards the Pfumvudza programme, government is also accelerating the establishment and resuscitation of irrigation schemes to improve security.