By ZBC Reporter
WHEAT deliveries have gone up three fold this season in a development attributed to the launch and orderly implementation of the Agricultural Recovery Plan by the new dispensation.
The production, which had nosedived to about 46 thousand tonnes last season, is on a rebound as deliveries of the cereal crop to the Grain Marketing Board, GMB shot up to about 160 thousand tonnes since the beginning of the marketing season two months ago.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement, Dr John Basera attributed the success story to proper planning and coordination on the part of government.
“The first thing was to ensure timely announcement of the pre-producer price, disbursement of a full package of inputs, there was also proper coordination within line ministries of energy and power development to ensure uninterrupted power supply, this thanks to the ushering of the Agricultural Recovery Plan by President Mnangagwa which provide specific indicators of action. I should also mention how our extension staff were key to this, they were on the ground 24/7 so farmers find it easy to get the right information to produce high yields which range between 4 to 5 tonnes per hectare, he explained.
Dr Basera also thanked the private sector for its contribution after producing about 10 thousand tonnes of wheat delivered so far.
Buoyed by the wheat success story, Dr Basera expressed confidence that Agriculture and Food Systems Transformation Strategy will drive the sector in line with vision 2030.
“We have picked up many lessons from wheat, and we are hopeful that we can apply that same effort and method like what is already happening in Pfumvudza where farmers have received input on time, we also want to supplement winter wheat with summer wheat but our future is bright. Why -because with the Agric Recovery plan we are assured of wheat bumper harvest as we towards to achieving vision 2030, noted Basera.
With weather experts predicting a normal to above normal rainfall season, expectations are high that the country will achieve the 8.2 billion United States dollar agriculture economy by 2025.