Stop Politicking and Talk Pfumvudza – Prof Jiri
●As predictions on rain patterns call for climate proofed farming.
Brian Rungano Temba
Zvimba Legislators, Councillors and Media Houses have been urged to heed the season and conscientise the public of the need to partake and benefit from the Presidential Inputs distribution for Pfumvudza.
This was said today by Chief Director of Agricultural Advisory and Rural Development Services Professor Obert Jiri represented Permanent Secretary Dr John Basera at the Zvimba District launched Pfumvudza at Nyaude Village.
Professor Jiri told the gathering at the main event at Isaac Limani Chibowa homestead in Nyaude Village that wherever people gather now they must spread Pfumvudza gospel.
“Elections are over and I urge us all to now stop politics and talk Pfumvudza. I also appeal to the media through the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services to help our Directors and to partner them wherever they go spreading Pfumvudza gospel.
Women should the same at all Thursdays gatherings and men in beer halls as well as news anchors to start with Pfumvudza messages,” said Professor Jiri.
He revealed that rainfall pattern this season is worrisome with normal to below normal hence his Ministry is sending out 60 Directors to reach out to farmers, warning them and urging them to practise the climate prooof conservation method of Pfumvudza.
The Chief Director discouraged farmers in regions 4 and 5 against planting maize. He said that the area is only for small grains and only regions 1 to 3 should plant maize.
Professor Jiri’s visit to Zvimba also included matters of livestock welfare.
Farmers were trained on Urea treatment of stover to improve nutrition as well as palatability, that will help maintain animals in a much better condition.
They were urged to take cattle dipping seriously and consistently.
Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Hon Marian Chombo made her maiden appearance at the occasion.
In her welcome remarks Hon Chombo assured Dr Basera that as Mash West the province is committed to meet the 2023/24 summer cropping targets.
“In terms of production and productivity the province is targeting:
360000ha for Maize at an average yield of 1.2 tonnes per hactare.
22000ha for Groundnuts at an average yield of 1.1 tonnes per hectare.
11000ha for Soybeans at an average yield of 1.1 tonnes per hactare.
43000ha for Cotton at an average yield of 0.7 tonnes per hactare.
52800ha for Tobacco at an average yield of 2.2 tonnes per hactare.
These targets will be shared proportionally among the 7 Districts in the Province and I am positive that Mash West will surpass the targets,” said Hon Chombo.
She encouraged Farmers to embrace Pfumvudza as the country is expecting normal to below normal rainfall.
Hon Chombo bemoaned the fact that inputs are never adequate and they come in bits and pieces. She suggested that inputs be supplied as a package so that farmers do not move back and forth on queues during distribution.
“As the President Dr Emmerson Mnangagwa made a call of leaving no one and no place behind, I hereby call on Ministry of Agriculture to set up a GMB depot in Siakobvu Kariba District to make the movement of inputs and traditional small grains more accessible to the people,” she added.