Mash East benefits from DDF free tillage Programme

THE PEOPLE of Wedza in Mashonaland East province have welcomed the District Development Fund (DDF) free tillage programme after many villagers lost their cattle due to the El Nino-induced drought of 2018/2019 which left many families without draught power.
Farmers in rural communities rely on draught power for ploughing, hence DDF’s free tillage programme has come as a relief to the people of Wedza who lost most of their cattle due to drought-related diseases.
Speaking at the launch of the tillage programme at Chief Ruzane’s homestead in Goneso, Wedza, the Rural District Council’s Chairman, Alderman Philip Negombwe said the initiative is set to assist farmers with tillage following the disaster which saw some households losing their entire herds.
“We are welcoming this tillage programme as our farmers were left with no cattle following the outbreak of diseases which left most kraals closed.’
The area’s traditional leader Chief Ruzane noted that the programme will assist farmers to prepare for the current agricultural season.
“Our prayers have been through this programme as we had nowhere to start following the cattle disaster we are now happy our farmers will be assisted by the DDF,”
DDF has targeted 124 hectares in Mashonaland East, with 261 farmers having benefitted in the province, 23 of those coming from Wedza district.
According to the Zimbabwe vulnerability assessment 2019 rural livelihoods assessment report, Wedza recorded the highest cattle mortality at 60 percent, while Mashonaland East had the highest mortality at provincial level at 29 percent.