By ZBC Reporter
LIME producers have embraced the Pfumvudza/Intwasa farming concept for providing business opportunities for their products.
Years of continuous cultivation of crops in communal areas across generations has led to weak, poor soils with less nutrients leading to low yields averaging just 300kgs per hectare.
One of the principles behind the Pfumvudza /Intwasa farming concept is using lime before planting to retain plant nutrient availability in soils to improve plant and root growth.
Lime producers who were exhibiting at a Pfumvudza/Intwasa field event in Mhondoro recently, have embraced the new farming concept for providing endless business opportunities for their companies.
“We have been involved in the production and sale of lime for some time but we are impressed by government’s farming concept as it will boost our sales growth. It is very encouraging to note that in an effort to revitalise agriculture, it has embarked on reducing soil acidity by ensuring all farmers use lime before planting, as lime producers we think it will boost our businesses,” they said.
Meanwhile, in the aftermath of the country losing at least five percent of the national herd to tick borne diseases, it also emerged that government will embark on a blitz to deal with the scourge.
“Very soon Government will launch a programme whereby each and every household will get one kilogramme of tick grease to contain tick borne diseases which have caused the death of about five percent of our national herd,” said Dr Basera.
Dr Basera also revealed that government will revive local companies involved in the production of plant and animal chemicals to substitute imports.
By ZBC Reporter