Goromonzi Winter Wheat Covers 141 Hectares So Far
Wheat farmers in Goromonzi District have so far put 141 hectares out of a target of 4 500 hectares for the 2023 Winter Wheat Program.
During a meeting last week, Goromonzi District agricultural extension officer Mr Boston Guti said the district has distributed 59 tonnes of compound D fertilizers up from last week’s 29 tonnes of the same.
Guti said that his department which held a pre-planting meeting with 210 wheat farmers at Msinge Farm, Remari Ward 8, Goromonzi recently is geared for the 2023 winter wheat growing season.
The meeting was attended by stakeholders from the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA), Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), seed houses, fertilizer companies, the Department of Irrigation and chemical companies.
Farmers were taught good agronomic practices and bemoaned power cuts which they say if not addressed could compromise the expected wheat yield.
ZINWA assured the farmers that all dams that are used for irrigating the winter crop are 100 percent full and that there are no fears of water inadequacies.
The farmers formed some clusters to which power should be supplied throughout the winter wheat season.
Meanwhile, the 2023 Presidential Winter Wheat programme in Goromonzi was launched on April 25.
Farmers in Goromonzi are growing wheat under the CBZ Agroyield and AFC contract schemes; some are funded by private players such as millers while others are self-financed during this year’s winter wheat season.