Gutu District receives early Climate proofed Presidential inputs
● Ahead of Elnino affected farming season in Region
Brian Rungano Temba
Presidential Inputs distribution commenced yesterday in Gutu District, Masvingo as the 2023/24 agricultural planting season kicked off with the stakeholders meeting.
Stakeholders were warned that this season is expected to receive normal to below normal rainfall patterns due to the Elnino effect.
They applauded the timeous receipt of the inputs, which will ensure farmers plant with the first rains.
Grain Marketing Board Gutu depot reported that 150 tonnes Compound D , 30 tonnes Ammonium Nitrate and 15 tonnes maize seed has so far been received starting last Monday.
The G M.B Manager , Mr Onwards Zvataiona, told stakeholders that the first distributions of Compound D and maize seed kicks off tomorrow in three Wards in Gutu West resettlement areas which have submitted their beneficiary lists.
“We are following the usual modalities where the inputs quantities are distributed according to number of beneficiaries registered in each Ward with priority on maize seed going to resettlement and small scale farming areas which receive higher rainfalls with the communal areas lying in regions four and five getting mostly small grains, distribution to Wards starts tomorrow,” said Mr Zvationa.
The district has 39 communal, resettlement, and small-scale farming areas and G.M.B has seven contracted transporters who will be distributing the inputs to Wards.
Mr Zvationa urged councillors ,community leadership, and Agritex extension officers who are involved in the drawing up of beneficiary lists to quickly submit so that inputs get to beneficiaries in time.
Stakeholders applauded the government for the timeous receipt of the inputs and underlined the need to ensure that all wards receive the inputs on time.
The Presidential Inputs distribution programme has been fraught with loopholes where some inputs find their way in shops instead of the fields.
The issue which was raised by Gutu South Member of Parliament Cde Pupurai Togarepi at the recent District Agricultural Show held at Mupandawana, has been described as defeating the intended purpose of food ensuring food security at each household.
The District Development Coordinator, Ms Chiedza Tafirei, who heads the District Drought Relief Committee, assured that stringent measures are to be put in place to ensure that the inputs are issued to their intended use
“Some beneficiaries on receipt of the inputs sell their allocations to hardware shops or individuals mostly at Mupandawana for a song who in turn resell at normal prices. Some stakeholders within the distribution chain have been accused of siphoning the inputs as well,” said Ms Tafirei.