Govt ready to disburse Presidential inputs by August

By Tendai Munengwa

Government says it has started moving Presidential Scheme free inputs to Grain Marketing Board (GMB) depots countrywide in readiness for distribution to three million households by August this year.

This comes as the delivery of fertilizers, seed and other inputs to the Grain Marketing Board is now in full swing.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Dr John Basera revealed, “We have this well planned to ensure that farmers get all inputs on time. As I speak, the movement of inputs to GMB depots has begun. We intend to start dishing the inputs to farmers starting August.”

While government has secured inputs on time, Zimbabwe Farmers Union Secretary General, Mr.  Paul Zakaria implored farmers to perfect the concept of Pfumvudza/Intwasa programme as it proved to be the game changer in the face of climate change.

“We welcome government move to give farmers inputs on time. The farmers must now get into action and properly prepare their plots so that when the rains start, no one will lag behind.”

The Pfumvudza/Intwasa programme has proved to be a force to reckon with after the United Nations Agency – Food Agriculture Organisation FAO report indicated that the concept provided food security to over nine million people since its inception.