Wheat production: Midlands province targets 400 hectares

By Tafara Chikumira
GOVERNMENT has launched the national command winter wheat production in Midlands with a target of more than four thousand hectares of the crop in the province.
The winter wheat farming programme was launched at Oliphant farm along Kwekwe-Mvuma road at Mrs Vongai Muchengeti farm where 60 hectares of the ranch is under wheat production.
Deputy Minister of lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement, honourable Douglas Karoro says government has put in place adequate resources to support agriculture in the face of COVID-19 pandemic that has crippled economies across the world.
“We have been facing insurmountable problems in the importation of wheat as government. Now we are saying its time that we put our resources to where we can benefit. Drought results in hunger and as a government have given targets to each province depending on its capabilities. We are targeting 80000 of tonnes of wheat and since the world is under siege from this pandemic we believe it is time we put all our efforts in ensuring that this comes to fruition. We will ensure that all inputs are availed in time so we reach our target…………….,” he said.
Agriculture experts who attended the occasion took time to explain good agronomical practices that can be adopted in the face of changing climatic conditions.
The national winter wheat smart agriculture programme is targeting 400 thousand tonnes of wheat enough to feed the nation and export demands with each province being given a task to contribute the national basket.