Lupane benefits from Presidential Climate-proofed Agricultural Inputs
Brian Rungano Temba
Lupane District which is situated in Region 5 has received Pfumvudza climate proofed Agricultural Inputs in preparation for the 2023-2024 farming season.
This comes after the Meteorological Services Department has cautioned farmers to prepare for low rain fall this season.
The Intwasa/Pfumvudza programme for the 2023/24 farming season in Lupane district was launched by Director of Administration in the Ministry of Lands,Agriculture,Water and Rural Resettlement,Mpendulo Manga.
He launched the climate-proof programme at Menyezwa ward 14 and as well as at Lupaka ward 10.
“Government’s objective is to climate proof the agricultural production of smallholder farmers ,who make up 80% of farmers in Zimbabwe, and make them more resilient to climate shocks and ensure food self-sufficiency for the nation,” said the Director in his address.
“The concept has been successful in helping farmers to produce grains including maize, sorghum and millet, while it also encourages the rotation of legumes such as beans, ground nuts or cowpeas,” he added.
Farmers in the two wards received a pack of Pfumvudza Inputs comprising a bag of basal fertiliser, a bag of top dressing fertiliser, 5 kgs maize seed, a bottle of pesticide and a spray.
Farmers in Region 4 and 5 are highly encouraged to grow small grains and utilise irrigation for non small grains.