UMP crop situation impressive

By Jerold Sasa

THE Government is satisfied with the crop situation in most parts of the country, including the Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe District where the rains came late.

The Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Dr Anxious Masuka, who was on a crop situation analysis tour of Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe advised farmers who are yet to plant to go for short-season varieties to beat the 15th January deadline for planting maize.

“What you must know is that the rainfall pattern has changed so you must be able to adapt to the new seasons and plant short-season varieties,” said Dr Masuka.

The district is confident of reaching the targeted hectarage before the end of the season.

“We want our farmers to continue planting so that we reach our targeted hectarage by the time the season closes,” said Leonard Zvirevo, UMP District Agritex Extension Officer.

The district, which has a targeted hectarage of 12 000 hectares for maize has so far planted 6600 hectares.

22000 hectares are under traditional grains against a target of 30000 hectares, while 4300 hectares of cotton have been planted against a target of 7500.

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