Communal farmers in Matabeleland North province are expected produce more maize due to heavy rains that are being experienced in most parts of the country although Agritex officials have warned farmers to take note of the fall army worm.
Various areas which include Lusulu in Binga, parts of Lupane as well as Nkayi have traditionally been receiving more rainfall than other areas in Matabeleland North and are expected to produce the highest yields than other parts of the province this agricultural season.
The challenge that farmers are already facing is the fall army worm which is likely to affect many areas.
According to Matabeleland North provincial Agritex officer Mr Dumisani Nyoni, there is a need for farmers to take note of the army worm and report it as soon as possible as some farmers under the Command Agriculture Programme have already spent up to $37 000 treating their crops.
The crops have also been affected by water logging in some cases, especially in Lupane, and farmers are urged to resort to uprooting weeds in their fields as cultivation may prove to be a challenge.
Tsholotsho, Hwange and parts of Binga have also been receiving rains although they normally receive the least and therefore produce less than in other parts of the province.