By Christine Chiromo
Midlands province’s target of securing 400 000 tonnes of maize is still possible despite challenges of shortage of farming inputs and excessive rains, Minister of State for Midlands Provincial Affairs and Devolution Larry Mavima has said
In an interview, Minister Mavima said despite the shortages of AN fertilizers, delays in input disbursements for command agriculture and excessive rainfall, the province is still confident that it can meet its target of 400 000 tonnes.
“The Intwasa/Pfumvudza programme is a roaring success as 285 482 households adopted it against a target of 275 000 and government is also distributing mealie-meal to vulnerable households in the province under social welfare department.
“A total of 440 520 plots have been planted of the 285 482 households who established plots.
“The maize crop is in good condition and some are at the late vegetative stage. We are therefore anticipating a surplus of grain as a province.”
The minister also noted that there is a good crop in Gokwe South and North, Kwekwe, Shurugwi, parts of Zvishavane and Mberengwa. Expected yields range between 3-7tonnes per ha for conventional farming and 12-15 tonnes per ha for commercial farming signifying food security.
A total of 253 712ha out of a target of 302 506ha has been planted in the 2020/21 cropping season.