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Zimbabwe: Mechanization needed to boost Pfumvudza

Zimbabwe
Published Jun 22, 2021

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Source: Mechanisation needed to boost Pfumvudza | Herald (Business) Business Reporter It has been largely credited for good cereals crop production especially maize yields this year. It has been successful in helping farmers to produce small grains including sorghum and millet and encourages the rotation of legumes such as beans and cowpeas. The Government plans to extend the concept to other crop such as cotton moving on. The country is expected to harvest 2,7 million tonnes of maize during the 2020/21 summer cropping season, the highest yield in 20 years, according the Second Round Crop and Livestock Assessment report. The report by Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) said while many rural small scale farmers have embraced the concept, government should now focus on mechanisation. “The Pfumvudza programme recorded a significant adoption rate of 52 of households practicing it and 56 having been trained within one year of its inception,” said ZimVAC. ZimVAC is a ...
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