Agrobusiness - Featured - Top Stories - April 29, 2021

Government is targeting 75 000 hectares for the winter wheat production

Tendai Bhebe (Bulawayo Correspondent)

At least 75 000 hectares of land will be put under winter wheat this year up from over 44 000 hectares last year, as the country is working on, to boost output and meet local industry requirements.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Monica Mutsvangwa farmers will use Information communication technologies (ICTs).
” The ongoing contracting of farmers has been enhanced by the use of information communication technologies, starting with the provision of electronic gadgets to extension staff,” she said.
She said said more than 68 000 hectares are now available for the schemes which support production.
“The nation is advised that out of the original target of 75 000 hectares for planting wheat, 68 184 hectares are now available for the three schemes which support production, namely: CBZ Agro-Yield, Food Crop Contractors and Presidential Wheat Support Scheme, compared to a total of 44 600 hectares which were contracted for the whole season last year,” she said.
She said the provision of inputs is better than previous seasons, with all inputs for the private sector contracted hectarage having been secured and distribution is in progress.
She said electricity and water supply is sufficient to meet planting requirements.
“Regarding electricity and water supply, the nation is assured that sufficient supplies are available to meet planting requirements, with the water level in Kariba double that at the same time last year.
“A high-level Key Stakeholders Taskforce has been established to ensure availability of these critical enablers, and ZINWA has already held a successful stakeholders meeting ahead of the winter season,” Mutsvangwa said.
Minister Mutsvangwa said a better season is expected, supported by a robust monitoring and evaluation framework, capacitated extension officers, and supplemented by weekly meetings of contractors and Government.
Annual wheat consumption for Zimbabwe is estimated at above 400 000 tons and wheat imports of around 80 percent are made each year.
Following the good 2020/21 rain season most dams are full and hopes are high the country would meet this year’s target.

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