Mashonaland Central province has so far tilled 15 percent of arable land amid assurances that measures have been put in place to deal with the fall army worm this agricultural season.

The 2017-2018 agricultural season has roared into life with farmers in Mashonaland Central province taking advantage of the rains received across the province to plant different seed varieties.

In some parts of the province, germination has been witnessed especially with maize while other crops are yet to germinate.

Mashonaland Central Agritex agronomist Mr Bernard Torevasei said 15 percent of arable land has been tilled so far which is higher than the hectarage tilled at this time of the year compared to previous seasons.

He said technical support is in place to deal with any fall army worm outbreak.

Farmers around Bindura said prospects are high that the season will be bright considering rains received so far, adding that availability of chemicals to deal with disease outbreaks will be a necessity.

Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector was last season affected by the outbreak of fall army worm which threatened yields per hectare, hence the preparedness to deal with pests this season.