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Monday, June 5, 2023

Farmers urged to take advantage of the sunny window period to plant

Story by Tendai Munengwa

THE National Crop situation is looking good for most farmers who planted early with those who are yet to plant urged to take advantage of the sunny window period.

Watson Murove is an A1 farmer, who received inputs under the Presidential Inputs Scheme on time and took advantage of the early rains to plant his maize crop.

His thriving crop is evidence of the positive impact of the Pfumvudza/Intwasa programme, which benefited over three million rural and urban households this season.

“I am thankful to President Mnangagwa for giving us inputs on time. We planted on time and here are the results, because we got inputs on time our crop is now at knee level and we are confident of a good yield.

“We planted with first rains and my crop has germinated well my hopes to achieve a good harvest are assured.”

For A2 farmers, hopes of a bumper harvest are high as evidenced by Misheck Macheka’s farm in Goromonzi.

The national preliminary crop assessment shows that the crop situation is looking good and farmers are being urged to continue planting.

According to this Tuesday’s cabinet report, farmers doubled the maize hectarage as compared to the same period last year, with expectations high that the country will receive normal to above-normal rains during the second half of the season.

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