Wheat farmers urged to work together on harvesting

By ZBC Reporter

Government is in the process of identifying farmers who own combine harvesters with a view to creating synergies to assist incapacitated wheat farmers.

Mashonaland West Minister of state for provincial affairs and devolution, Honourable Mary Mliswa this Monday visited Dongaronga Irrigation Scheme in Chegutu East to assess the winter wheat crop which has been supported by government through the command agriculture scheme and the district development fund.

Addressing members of the scheme, Honourable Mliswa revealed that government is in the process of identifying farmers with combine harvesters to engage them on how they can assist incapacitated wheat farmers.

Her sentiments come on the backdrop of harvesting concerns from the farmers.

“Mr Clevermore Kent Dongaronga irrigation schemes chairman  “ we have a challenge of combine harvesters, they are few in our area, if only government had combine harvesters it would better for us we would just provide fuel,” she says.

“All farmers cannot have capital machinery such as combine harvesters, the command will be able to give you that support it is there; government is negotiating with farmers who own combine harvesters what is needed is only coordination,” she adds.

The national desiltation programme was launched in 2016 signaling the resuscitation of Dzingai Nhamo and Rudaviro Cooperatives, benefiting a combined 113 members.

DDF coordinator, Erikana Chikande, says “as DDF we were tasked to desilt the dam, a task which took us 3 months we also repaired the dam wall and we also provided the pump as well as the sprinklers and the guns we also provided tillage services for the 2 irrigation schemes.”

Cooperative members thanked government for the life-changing interventions.

“The scheme has transformed our lives we can now farm the whole year round we now have big plans with this scheme”.

The scheme has a total of 20 irrigable hectares under wheat, with a potential to increase production to 80 hectares through boosting mechanisation.