Zimbabwe: Enough inputs for 2021 season

Published Aug 24, 2021

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Source: Enough inputs for 2021 season | The Herald Elita chikwati–Senior Agriculture Reporter Seed and fertiliser firms have ramped up production to meet demand for inputs for the forthcoming summer cropping season in State-assisted programmes and the commercial sector, with farmers urged to buy early to avoid a last-minute rush.

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There is enough maize seed to plant 1,5 million hectares, the national target, plus seed for almost 1 million hectares of traditional grains, over 240 000ha of oil seed and 480 000ha of cotton. Seed is already being moved to shops and depots near farmers. Fertiliser producers have assured Industry and Commerce Minister Dr Sekai Nzenza that they will meet demand during the forthcoming season. Farmers and the Government are determined to build on this year’s record harvests to increase crop production and productivity to meet and surpass requirements for human consumption and industrial use through full implementation of the key tenets of the Agriculture Recovery Plan. Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement Minister Dr Anxious Masuka, in the state of preparedness report for next season, stated that 45 720 tonnes of certified maize seed was available inclusive of last season’s carry-over seed of 8 000 tonnes. That is enough to cover the national target of 1 500 ...
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