Pfumvudza inputs distribution begins

By Owen Mandovha

The Pfumvudza/ Intwasa inputs supply mechanism is now well-oiled to capacitate the three million targeted households for the summer cropping season.

A visit to one of the seed houses processing plant at Juru Growth Point in Goromonzi showed that it is all systems go for the supply of maize seed and other key crops for the Pfumvudza/ Intwasa scheme which has proved to be the best food security strategy in Zimbabwe.

“This is where all maize seed is being processed including other key crops such as sunflower, traditional grains which are part of this year’s Pfumvudza programme,” Plant Manager, Mr Patrick Sajeni explained.

The packed seed is warehoused in Ruwa, with the company’s commercial business director Mr Tichaona Maponga saying deliveries are already underway to various Grain Marketing Board depots countrywide to meet the planting deadlines.

“These are stacks of maize destined for various GMB depots and as you can see, it is here where we are dispatching to all GMB depots. Our plant is always working 24 hours to ensure sufficient stocks are available,” he said.

Meanwhile, the 31-member Zimbabwe Seed Association (ZSA) which represents seed houses held an executive meeting this Thursday where they affirmed their preparedness to support the upcoming summer cropping season.

In a panel discussion at the ongoing Africa Green Revolution Forum in Rwanda this week, President Emmerson Mnangagwa reiterated the need for Africa to be self-reliant for its food supplies and government’s support towards the Pfumvudza/ Intwasa concept confirms its determination to guarantee national food security.