Government has recorded an increase of farmers who have subscribed for this year’s Climate-Proofed Presidential Inputs Pfumvudza/Intwasa Supply Scheme.
The subscription for the Scheme has been vast with 2.484 million households already rolling out the programme, compared to the 1.5 million which were rolled out at the same time last year.
Speaking at the post cabinet press briefing, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa said the Inputs distribution for the Climate-Proofed Presidential Pfumvudza/Intwasa inputs Supply Scheme is in full swing across the country.
“The inputs distribution under the National Enhanced Agriculture Productivity Scheme is being accelerated,” Mutsvangwa said.
Meanwhile, government has adopted an update on the Grain Marketing and Summer Production Season from the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development.
“Regarding the ongoing marketing of grain, a total of 1, 293 million metric tonnes of grain comprising maize, soya beans, wheat and traditional grains have so far been delivered to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB), which is a phenomenal increase from last year’s comparative deliveries of 327 446 metric tonnes.
“Cumulatively, 227 000 metric tonnes of wheat have been delivered to date,” Mutsvangwa said.
She highlighted that on preparations for the summer grains production season, work is on-going to attain the following targets for the season, 2 million hectares of maize; 70 000 hectares of soyabean; and 655 000 hectares of traditional grains.
She said: “Following submissions from the Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development, Cabinet took the strategic decision to include sunflower and cotton as part of the country’s oil seeds basket, in order to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change. Resultantly, the targeted hectarage for sunflower and cotton has been reviewed upwards.”
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