By Tendai Munengwa
GOVERNMENT says prospects of a good 2020/2021 cropping season are brighter thanks to the distribution of the timely input under the President Inputs Scheme and Command Agriculture and the widespread rains the country continues to receive.
With the heavens having opened up and promising bountiful rains this season, the writing is on the wall that the timely disbursement of Pfumvudza inputs will be key for the country to achieve food and nutritional security for the country.
“We are very happy to confirm that government under the Pfumvudza programme has dispatched 95 percent of the inputs and most farmers planted on time. Although we faced some technical challenges on Command in term of fertilizer distribution, we have fixed it and farmers are now accessing the commodity. I would like to urge farmers to intensify planting, weeding and fertiliser application – we are on the right track and thanks to the rains the season if promising a bumper harvest,” he said.
One of the biggest fertilizer contractors, FSG says it is ready to meet local demand for the commodity.
“We have done the presidential programme, and again we have been contracted for command – we have managed to cover the ground with huge stock in our warehouse and now we are busy bringing more raw material and we would assure the nation that we will deliver to their expectations,” he said.
The launch of the Pfumvudza Intwasa concept in the urban areas has also triggered a hive of activity in towns and cities as residents take to their small fields to plant the staple crop.
“We are happy government has intervened and assisted us with inputs as you can see the fields are flooded with people who are planting some weeding other applying fertilizer, this will go a long way in complimenting food security,” they said.
About 1.8 million families have been registered under Pfumvudza programme, while 290 thousand hectares are targeted under command agriculture.
With the timely disbursement of inputs and predicted good rains, only the sky will be limit for farmers to achieve a bumper harvest.