Maize hectarage surpasses 1.5 million target

An initial maize production reduction report indicates that the country surpassed the set target of 1.5 million hectares for this summer cropping season, because of the Pfumvudza/Intswasa and Command Agriculture programmes.
The programme has proven to be a success with farmers, who properly implemented the presidential climate proof program both in the rural and urban areas upbeat of achieving a bumper harvest.
“I followed the whole process from mulching, digging holes and planting. As you can see the crop is flourishing and if all of us who got pfumvudza inputs planted like this then we should say goodbye to hunger,” one farmer said.
“When I heard of the programme, I did not wait but listened and implemented the pfumvudza style. As you can see this has already matured. I wish I had big land I could have harvest over 15 tonnes per hectares.”
Statistics released by Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement, Dr John Basera show a massive jump in maize hectarage this season.
“The season is very promising, good rains inputs we have distributed over 100 percent seed, over 80 percent basal and top dressing is being mobilized. Our initial report shows that we have surpassed the 1.5 million hectares targeted this season. So with the good rains Pfumvudza is likely to boost household food security and national requirement of 2.2 million tonnes,” said Dr Basera.
The agriculture monitoring and evaluation team led by Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement, Dr Anxious Masuka will from next week be in full force to kick start the first round of the crop assessment to determine the hectarage for the 2021 marketing season.

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