Mat North command agric programme on course PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 January 2017 16:56

Matabeleland North province has expressed satisfaction with the level of progress being made in the Command Agriculture Programme.

The province is expecting the first maize harvest at the end of next month at Mary Ellen farm in Bubi district.

The province has rolled out the Command Agriculture Programme on 1 043 hectares of land with all the 17 irrigation schemes in Binga, Bubi, Hwange, Lupane and Umguza districts having received the inputs on time.

Some of the crop has reached the grain filling stage while some is at early reproductive stages and farmers are already applying fertiliser.

Matabeleland North Agritex officer Dumisani Nyoni says planting is, however, still outstanding where there were borehole breakdowns, outstanding electricity bills to be paid and areas where the soils are too wet for farmers to plant.

“Our target was to try to get farmers to produce seven or eight tonnes looking at the input levels that we used and we should commence harvesting at the end of February in Mary Ellen. We are hoping that by then we will have new combine harvesters for those farmers that feel they are capable of paying for the equipment if it is availed to them,” said Nyoni.

The province has set a target that farmers should harvest at least five tonnes per hectare although there are indications that some farmers might obtain up to eight tonnes per hectare.

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