By Thomas Faranando in Chakari
THE Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution for Mashonaland West Province Hon. Marina Chombo on launched Urea — Stover treatment, grain swop and pfumvudza programs at Mr Elmond Madziviridze’s homestead Black Movale farm, village 1.
According to an update by Mrs Ndoro who is the provincal director in the Ministry of lands, Agriculture, fisheries, water and rural development said 120 farmers received a full package of Pfumvudza inputs comprising of 1x50kg Compound D fertilizer, 1x50kg AN fertilizer, 1x50kg lime and 5kg maize seed at the launch.
Minister Chombo said the distribution of inputs under the Pfumvudza programme was meant to ensure food security at household level.
“We want to ensure that every household is food secure and that is only possible if everyone embarks on the Pfumvudza Programme,” said Minister Chombo.
This season so far 540 farmers in Black Movale farm alone have already prepared their plots and 70 percent of them have received their inputs.
The minister also encouraged farmers to embrace Urea Treatment of Stover to improve livestock production for smallholder farmers to protect and develop the national herd.
“Farmers are encouraged never to lose any livestock due to poverty and deaths, the urea treatment of Stover will help animals maintain their condition in distress periods thereby improving productivity in the sector.
“All farmers are encouraged to embrace urea treatment of Stover for growth of the sector, therefore extension officers have a task to follow up beneficiaries of the programme and ensure good agronomic practices are religiously followed for increased production and productivity,” she added.