Intwasa transforms Matabeleland South Province

By Providence Maraneli

THE transformation of the usually dry Matabeleland South province into an agriculture success story is on course with farmers confident of a bumper harvest this summer cropping season.

Edson Moyo’s 5 hectare A1 farm in Insiza is set to produce more than 15 tonnes this summer cropping season if the good rains continue.

For Edson Moyo, the adoption of mechanised climate proof – Intwasa/Pfumvudza programme is the solution to the perennial dry spells that are experienced in the county’s southern region.

“This is a good programme, I am looking forward to getting  not less than 15 tonnes and this, I feel I will go a long way in helping our country because I will send to GMB and next season, I am going to plant not less than 20 plots and with the government support we will do wonders,” he said.

With government on the front foot to revive the agricultural sector through the provision of inputs and other basic necessities, farmers in Matabeleland South are confident of a successful summer cropping season.

For Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Development Minister, Dr Anxious Masuka, who is on a nationwide tour to assess the crop situation, the attainment of an 8.2 Billion United States Dollar agriculture economy by 2025 is no longer a dream but a reality.

“The growth to 8.2 billion is largely anchored on Pfumvudza and we are so excited that many people have adopted it. For instance here in Beitbridge only one farmer did Pfumvudza last year and he got yields that he had never had in 10 years, but we need to go beyond that because droughts visits us more often so when we have a good season like this we need to capitalise and grow food that will take us to more than three years, said Masuka.

Government launched the agriculture and food systems transformation strategy in 2020 in a bid to turnaround the fortunes of the agricultural sector, which had for long been under-performing.