GOVERNMENT has noted progress in its recently introduced programmes that will spearhead the revamp of the dilapidated staggering economy.
The introduced programmes include the Pfumvudza Farming Scheme, National Enhanced Crop Productivity Programme (Command or Smart Agriculture Programme), Presidential Cotton Programme, Tobacco sector programme, Livestock Growth Plan, and the Mechanization Support Programme.
During a Post Cabinet Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa told media that the households under the Pfumvudza Farming Scheme have increased from 1.8 million to 2.2 million.
“All the 2.2 million families enrolled had automatically entered in the Pfumvudza Farming competition of all crops. A total of 2 139 275 households have been trained on Pfumvudza,” Mutsvangwa said.
“On National Enhanced Crop Productivity Programme, the farmers had received the maize seed; soya beans seed; basal fertilizer; soya blend; and top dressing fertilizer,” she said.
“The government has registered 127 231 tobacco growers for 2020/2021 season, compared to 139 606 growers registered during the same season last year,” Mutsvangwa said.
“In the Presidential Cotton Programme cabinet approved cotton “Pfumvudza” pack comprising 6kg seed, 80kg basal fertiliser, 40kg top dressing and the prerequisite herbicides and chemicals reducing the seed allocation from 20kg seed to match fertilizers provided,” she added.
“In the Mechanization Support Programme the government is expecting 474 tractors under the Belarus facility, 450 tractors have now been received for distribution to farmers through designated banks,” she said.
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