Mutoko Small-Scale Farmer Honoured With ‘Best Crop Award’

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Mutoko Small-Scale Farmer Honoured With ‘Best Crop Award’

 

Mako Jerera

 

MASH EAST – A small-scale farmer in Mutoko –Mr Denford Dzenzi – who has been practising the Pfumvudza/Intwasa program was recently awarded the Best Crop Award in the province by the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development during a field day that was held in Ward 16.

 

“Pfumvudza” or “Intwasa” concept refers to the blossoming of fresh leaves of Zimbabwe’s spring, an indicator signalling the arrival of a season.

 

Thus, in practice, Pfumvudza is a crop production intensification approach to ensure food security at the farm level using a small piece of land.

 

Mr Dzenzi has been practising the Pfumvudza/Intwasa concept and is expected to harvest at least 6,5 tonnes of maize, despite his farm being in a semi-arid area.

 

Speaking on behalf of MLAFWRD Permanent Secretary Dr John Basera, Agricultural and Rural Development Advisory Services Chief Director Professor Obert Jiri said if implemented well the concept can eradicate hunger for communal farmers.

 

“With six Pfumvudza plots Mr Dzenzi is expecting to harvest approximately 6,5 tonnes of maize, enough for his family’s consumption with the rest delivered to the Grain Marketing Board,” he said.

 

The 70-year-old small-scale farmer has been using Valley Seeds and his crop was judged the best among all others in the province.