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HARARE, At least 1.8 million Zimbabwean households will get maize and small grains seeds for planting in the 2017/18 summer crop season under the Presidential Inputs Scheme, says Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made.

The programme is aimed at capacitating communal farmers to produce their own food after receiving free agricultural inputs and Made said the scheme would be supporting 1.8 million households with maize and small grains inputs. "The presidential input scheme is purely facilitating the capacity of the small holder farmers. Those farmers do not pay back whatever inputs they are assisted with, he said here Monday.

Dr Made said the inputs were already in stock for distribution to farmers countrywide. As we are talking, the inputs are already in the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) depots across the country. The programme this year will strictly be run by Agritex and the GMB, he added.

The Zimbabwe government has two programmes which are targeted at enhancing capacity of farmers to produce food crops, namely the Presidential inputs and the Specialised Maize Scheme, commonly known as Command Agriculture.

Zimbabwe is expecting to harvest more than two million tons of grain, which is more than enough to meet national demand, estimated at 1.8 million tons.

To date, maize deliveries to the GMB have reached half a million tons.The success of the 2016/17 agriculture season has been largely attributed to both the Command Agriculture initiative and the Presidential Input Scheme. These initiatives are aimed at revitalizing agriculture and agro-processing value chain.

Zimbabwe has in previous seasons failed to produce enough of the staple maize crop due to a cocktail of reasons, made worse in the 2015/16 farming season by an El Nino-induced drought which left more than four million people in need of food aid.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

HARARE, At least 1.8 million Zimbabwean households will get maize and small grains seeds for planting in the 2017/18 summer crop season under the Presidential Inputs Scheme, says Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Minister Dr Joseph Made.

The programme is aimed at capacitating communal farmers to produce their own food after receiving free agricultural inputs and Made said the scheme would be supporting 1.8 million households with maize and small grains inputs. "The presidential input scheme is purely facilitating the capacity of the small holder farmers. Those farmers do not pay back whatever inputs they are assisted with, he said here Monday.

Dr Made said the inputs were already in stock for distribution to farmers countrywide. As we are talking, the inputs are already in the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) depots across the country. The programme this year will strictly be run by Agritex and the GMB, he added.

The Zimbabwe government has two programmes which are targeted at enhancing capacity of farmers to produce food crops, namely the Presidential inputs and the Specialised Maize Scheme, commonly known as Command Agriculture.

Zimbabwe is expecting to harvest more than two million tons of grain, which is more than enough to meet national demand, estimated at 1.8 million tons.

To date, maize deliveries to the GMB have reached half a million tons.The success of the 2016/17 agriculture season has been largely attributed to both the Command Agriculture initiative and the Presidential Input Scheme. These initiatives are aimed at revitalizing agriculture and agro-processing value chain.

Zimbabwe has in previous seasons failed to produce enough of the staple maize crop due to a cocktail of reasons, made worse in the 2015/16 farming season by an El Nino-induced drought which left more than four million people in need of food aid.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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