BY Sifiso Sibanda
Matabeleland North province has set an ambitious target of producing 250 000 metric tonnes of grain during the 2020- 2021 summer cropping season after farmers received seed, fertilisers and chemicals under the Presidential Input Scheme.
Land preparation for this year’s summer cropping season is underway in Matabeleland North province with only those farmers who have demonstrated seriousness set to receive inputs.
Speaking at the launch of Pfumvudza/ Intwasa farming project in the Insuza area of Umguza, the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution in Matabeleland North province, Cde Richard Moyo said the strategy this season is to ensure that the country becomes food secure.
“This programme is meant to deal with food security issues in the country such that we don’t have to use foreign currency to import grain but instead each province must produce its own food. Remember we are under the second republic where we must be self-sufficient in food production.
“We will give inputs to those farmers who wound have done land preparation and all farmers must benefit as long as you have done land preparation you get your allocation, this is to guard against giving seed to people who are not farmers who end up selling the inputs.”
The Provincial Agritex Officer, Mr Dumisani Nyoni said there is no way the province is going to fail on its targeted yield given the timely distribution of inputs.
“We are confident that as a province farmers will deliver given the enthusiasm that is amongst the communities but most importantly the support by the president through inputs has energized the province.”
The support to farmers through inputs is also a big boost to the land reform programme as it helps on the capacity utilisation of the land.