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HARARE, Dec 30 (NNN-NEW ZIANA) — The late onset of the rains and delays in distributing small grains seed will result in reduced yield this farming season, says the Chairman of Zimbabwe’s Small Grains and Cereals Producers Association, Basil Nyabadza.

He told New Ziana here Monday that seed was still being distributed amid indications that output would decline. “Most small grain farmers have not yet started planting because of late distribution of inputs and also the issue of the late onset of rains. This will negatively affect production output this season,” he said.

“The most critical thing here is that rains should fall until March so that our late planted crops get enough water so that we can harvest the little that we would have planted.”

Small grains are considered drought tolerant and have better nutritional value than maize, which is not suitable in drought-prone areas such as Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South and Masvingo Provinces.

Production of small grains has declined over the years as a result several challenges including limited access to seed, lack of ready markets, poor prices and low yields.

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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