Wheat Planting Deadline Extended to June 15

by | May 31, 2023 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mako Jerera

The wheat planting deadline has been extended to June 15 from March 31 as the government ramps up efforts to meet the revised 90 000 hectares target.

In a statement, the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development Permanent Secretary Dr John Basera said the new target seeks to achieve a wheat harvest of about 430 000 tonnes

“The Government wishes to advise farmers of the 2023 winter wheat production that planting should happen no later than June 15, 2023,” he said

Farmers have so far put more than 47 000 hectares under winter wheat, representing a 41 percent increase from the same period a year ago.

“We are targeting 90 000 hectares to achieve over 430 000 tonnes of wheat this season. To date, farmers have planted 47 562 hectares of winter wheat and this is greatly appreciated.”

Meanwhile, on Tuesday cabinet heard that a total of 47 562 hectares were planted under wheat as of 28 May 2023.

“This is 41 percent above last year’s figure. There is improved electricity supply across the provinces for wheat production,” said Acting Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Dr Jenfan Muswere addressing the media during a post-cabinet briefing.