Winter wheat farmers prepare to harvest

By Jerold Sasa
WHEAT farmers in Mashonaland East province are confident of a record yield owing to massive government support and uninterrupted power supply this season.
Preparations for this year’s winter wheat harvesting have begun in earnest, with farmers in Marondera cognisant of the threat of veld fires.
Farmers are confident of a good harvest given the huge support they got from government.
“We are expecting high yields as we had no interruption in power supply while we also got our inputs on time,” said Farai Chimombe, Wheat Farmer.
“We are happy with the support we got from the government which will see our yields going up,” said Edward Bvukumbwe, another wheat farmer.
Their biggest worry is veld fires and quilea birds which are problematic at this stage, resulting in the farmers having to craft preventive measures and employing bird scares.
“We have had to employ bird scares as the birds are a menace while we also fear veld fires,” said Chimombe.
Mashonaland East has raised the bar after planting 9 237 hectares of wheat this season compared to 5 797 last year.