Commercial Farmers Adopting Strategies To “Restore Zim’s Bread Basket Status”

Commercial farmers in Zimbabwe have said that they are adopting strategies which are meant to revive the agriculture sector which has been a shadow of its former self since two decades ago.

Among other strategies, farmers have resolved that during the forthcoming agricultural season, they will be adopting drought-resistant crops and will be applying chemicals to head off the devastating effects of pests including the notorious armyworm.

This comes as the country has been reduced to a basket case over the past 20 years and is currently facing severe starvation due to natural disasters and mismanagement of funds meant for government-initiated agricultural schemes such as the Command Agriculture.

Agriculture Minister, Retired Chief Air Marshal, Perrance Shiri, commended leading agriculture inputs suppliers for their efforts. He said:

I would like to commend your resolution to bring back agricultural vibrancy as commercial farmers, this will certainly go a long way in the development of Zimbabwe in general.

Tawanda Mangisi, the representative of a local seed house, Syngenta took the opportunity to introduce a new variety with a potential of producing 12 tonnes per hectare and is also an early, maturity variety.

More: ZBC News


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